A totally nondescript EV car will make any development look modern...
The Central Gordon Estate neighbourhood continues to move forward. The Quarry Rock Developments has taken advantage of all the streamlining going on at the Township right now and has broken ground on its 87 townhomes unit complex - I believe the first they have for Langley. The project is tentatively titled "Willoughby Ridge" based on the architects drawing, but that's subject to change.
Central Gordon is a Willoughby neighbourhood community plan tht has just started to develop recently. This particular site is directly east of the Jeffries Brook subdivision that was built out mostly by Polygon's Morningstar Homes back at the start of Willoughby's development in the mid 2000's. To the north of the site will be mostly more townhomes, but also sharing a border with a handful of single family homes in the future. To the southeast will eventually be some 40-60 UPA apartment buildings with a small selection of mixed used - similar to what is seen at the corner of 72nd Avenue and 208th Street. The detention pond fo the area will be directly to the south. The site is easily walkable to Jericho Crossing (72nd Ave and 200th Street) and is a decent walk to Smartcentres Power Centre (the big box stores with Wal Mart, Best Buy, and the close by Costco... not that anyone walks to Costco...).
This site will also be walkable to the new Smith View Park reservoir, which I wrote about in a previous First Look article.
Burnaby-based Quarry Rock Developments is new to the Township of Langley (I believe), although I first came across them in Maple Ridge at their Kanaka Hill townhome project and then later again at their City of Langley Tandem townhomes. The company also does industrial buildings, which may have a strong influence on their first three Langley developments, including an upcoming Brookswood Manor townhome project that they are advertising on their website.
The QRD project emplys an industrial looking box design with heavy uses of vertically corrugated metal siding accompanied by various coloured perforated vent & siding systems and Hardie panels.
The units will be your typical 3 storey townhomes, but with bonus rooftop patios. There will be 5 different unit types, although they will all be 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom. The unit sizes range from 1,376 sq.ft. to 1,621 sq.ft, so don't expect too much in price ranges when these go to market. 59 of the townhomes will feature the more premiere side by side garages, with the remaining 28 emplying the more economical tandem parking. Expect the majority of the price differences to be between these two parking styles.
The complex appears to have 3 phases, with phase 1 in the east, which makes sense since construction is coming from 202B Street. There are multiple outdoor amenities adding up to 8,443 sq.ft. of space, including a greenlink feature.
View of Amenities
The developer stated they mailed out notice to 73 homes (although Township staff mentioned a lower number) - probably to all the landowners who are selling their acreages in the area, not the hundreds of homes on the west side of 202A - I know, because I didn't receive one and I live one block away. The sign for the development was not up until late June - I know, because I run by the lot every day. The application was in on June 15 and the "public hearing" was held on June 29.
What's even more interesting than this is that apparently in addition to the 2 people who showed up, there were 12 emails with almost universal support. But only 3 of these were even from Langley. The rest are all from Surrey and Vancouver: how does this happen? I asked 15 of my neighbours if they knew anything about the development and not a single one knew about the development by the time of the "public hearing". I also showed all 15 of these neighbours the renderings and only 1 had a positive reaction. Contrast that with the collection of emails the developers acquired:
Where did all these people from Surrey and Vancouver hear about this? I attend all these developer open houses and it's rare to see such positive responses from the general public. I'll step off my soapbox on this, but I do feel that the purpose of the developer open house was missed on this one. It's too bad, because quite often, the local neighbourhood base can help with superficial changes that could help the development sell better.
The application received 3rd Reading on June 29, 2020 with 8 conditions, but they are wasting no time - I think they broke ground that very day. Within the month, the property has been cleared and the foundation hole dug. If you are interested in owning a home at this new development, or any others, please let me know and I'll keep my eyes open for pre-sale registration when the developer starts marketing the units.
Disclosure: Brad Richert Personal Real Estate Corporation and Sotheby's International Realty Canada is not a representative of the developer. All information contained within should be considered accurate, but is not guaranteed. This article is to be used for informational purposes alone and should not be considered an offer for purchase or sale.