Posted: Oct 13, 2010, 2:05 PM
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Bankview, Calgary
The Official Annapolis Valley Projects Thread
Since there are at least three forumers who live in the Valley I hope this thread can be kept up-to-date. To be generous the thread is for any area between Mt. Uniacke (Halifax/Hants line) and Digby/Weymouth area. So basically all of West Hants, Kings, Annapolis, and Digby counties.
To kick this thread off here is an article from today's Chonicle Herald. The development itself is nothing special (or even big) however with the aging population in rural Nova Scotia I think the developer has some valid points. Discrimination isn't the answer however if the developer desire so I think allowing a set percentage of units to be set aside for seniors might be a good way to promote senior living communities. This would help concentrate families into smaller areas therefore reducing the spread of schools and other amenities that families will need but seniors may not.
The secretive discrimination of families in apartment/condo developments is common practice all over Atlantic Canada. Down the road from where I grew up a realitively small apartment building rose a few years ago. Despite the provincial laws the owners have a rule for their waiting list that states anybody over the age of 50 with no children living with them is given higher priority than those not meeting the criteria. Since the waiting list for high quality apartments and condos in Bedford are constantly long the owners never have to worry about allowing people in that they do not wish to provide housing for. To date I'm yet to see anybody under 40 years old walk out of that building ...
It’s for seniors, but shhh!
Housing project in Windsor to quietly target ages 55-plus
By CHRIS LAMBIE Business Editor
Wed, Oct 13 - 4:53 AM
A $25-million manufactured home community outside Windsor is marketing itself toward seniors, even though the project manager says provincial law prohibits discriminating against potential tenants based on age.
The Crossing is billed as an "adult living community," aimed at people 55 and up. Brison Developments Ltd. has approval for 200 lots on the Garlands Crossing, Hants County, site, and already has 55 lots prepared.
"We wanted to market it to seniors because that’s what we thought the marketplace would be," said Randy MacQuarrie, the project’s manager.
"But obviously we can’t say that. We can’t discriminate because we’re leasing the land."
If a younger person filed a complaint regarding discrimination based on age, the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission would have to investigate, said Gerald Hashey, the organization’s manager of dispute resolution.
"There’s no question that lots of landlords market their products and they build their products to be attractive to, for instance, the senior population. But I’m not aware of any that specifically prohibit anyone other than a senior from taking up residence," Hashey said.
"Someone can attempt to differentiate their services by providing a benefit specifically for youth or senior citizens. However, that’s never been considered to be carte blanche approval for restricting housing to a demographic population."
The first 10 lots MacQuarrie’s leased at The Crossing have gone to seniors.
"Ninety-nine per cent of the people who have shown any interest at all have been over 55," MacQuarrie said. "The reason people are coming and looking at it is because they want to downsize from multiple-level homes to one-level homes."
Potential customers also want new homes that don’t require much maintenance, he said.
"They’re getting older, they just don’t want the responsibility, (and) they want to travel," MacQuarrie said.
"So they want to sell what they have, take that equity, buy something outright and then take the remainder of their money and use it for travelling and that kind of stuff, not to be tied to their home."
So far, the development hasn’t seen any push back from young people, he said.
"If somebody wanted to challenge us, then we would have to allow them to come in," MacQuarrie said.
"In two years of selling and market research, we really haven’t come up against anybody who’s been terribly interested to push into that."
Older people feel safer in a community that’s aimed solely at them, he said.
"With families and so on, teenagers and that kind of stuff, there’s noise, there’s sometimes violence and all that kind of stuff that comes along with people growing up and coming of age type of thing. So without having any children really around or teenagers, or any of that, it’s a quieter community; they feel safer, a sense of security."
The lots lease for $250 a month and the mini homes start at $106,000.
Higher-end models go for as much as $160,000. "Those have hardwood floors and ceramic tiles and heat pumps. This is people’s last home, so they’re willing to put a few nice things into it."
Most of the units, built by Prestige Homes in Sussex, N.B., are about 1,200 square feet.
"We’re open to anybody who walks in," MacQuarrie said.
"People ask: ‘Is this an adults-only community?’ And I’m very open with saying, ‘No, technically we cannot say that.’ We cannot say that only a certain age bracket can be here . . . but people who are interested in it are all over 55."
He’s been advertising the mini home development in magazines and at home shows aimed at seniors.
MacQuarrie said Brison Developments is owned by Mitchell Brison, Kings-Hants MP Scott Brison’s brother.
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