The Foothills residential development has nearly sold out. (NICHOLAS PESCOD/The News Bulletin)

Construction on Lantzville Foothills starts next week

Nanaimo’s Knappett Industries awarded $8-million construction contract; work begins Sept. 5.

Construction is about to begin at a large-scale residential development project in Lantzville.

Storm Mountain Developments-Lone Tree Properties announced that construction on the 744-hectare Lantzville Foothills residential project officially starts Sept. 5 and that nearly all of the properties in the first phase have been sold.

Ben Hurlbutt, director of marketing and sales for the development, said there are only four lots remaining and are located on Aulds Road.

“They are so different from everything that has sold,” Hurlbutt said. “It’s the kind of thing where a builder should come along and grab them.”

Once completed, the Foothills project will result in the construction of around 730 homes, a mixed-use village and a 364-hectare park over a 10-year timeframe.

Construction of the Foothills’ infrastructure, which includes a large concrete reservoir, roughly 3.5 kilometres of roads, water line as well as gas, cable, internet and sewer servicing installations and sidewalks, was originally anticipated to begin in July.

Hurlbutt said the delays were due to hot, dry weather conditions and a provincewide open fire ban.

“If the fire ban was off there would be more activity,” he said. “We could have been on the site doing stuff if the fire ban wasn’t on.”

Lone Tree also announced that it has awarded a civil construction contract worth $8 million to Knappett Industries, a Nanaimo-based company. Nanaimo’s Herold Engineering will serve as the consulting civil and structural engineering company.

Hurlbutt said despite the appearance of inactivity, the developers and project managers have been hard at work.

“You’re not seeing the work, but it is happening. There is a lot to get mobilized,” he said.

Hurlbutt said an additional 36 lots will go on sale in September and are premium lots that range from 0.10 hectares to 0.40 hectares in size.

“They all have stunning views. “They are really top-of-the-line home sites,” Hurlbutt said.

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