It was a full house at the Nicor open house on Thursday.
The company developing the former Souris Valley hospital grounds says they are open to suggestions from the community.
Nicor Developments held an open house Thursday to answer questions and show off their preliminary plans for the community they are calling Riverwood. The 52-acre development will be a mixed-use residential area, featuring townhouses, condos, apartments and single family homes with paths leading to Tatagwa Trail.
"A lot of people are curious and really don't know what the plan is for this land that has been sitting empty for a couple years now and i think there have been different ideas on what it could be and i think we're here to show what it can be," says Munir Haque, development manager for the Weyburn project.
Haque says there is still time for changes to the plans and encourages residents to give suggestions on a Souris Valley memorial for the site and even street names and the name of the community itself. Residents can voice their opinions to the City of Weyburn or Nicor of Regina. Residents can email Haque directly at [email protected]
Haque says the trails along Souris River will not be removed as it is part of a wild life reserve, and the City's plans for Tatagwa Trail, such as installing new cross-country ski trails, will still go ahead.
"A lot of that land is in the Parkway system, which we're not touching that much of it," says Haque. "We still will be respecting the Master plan that the City has for the Parkway system."
Questions from residents at the open house centered on affordable housing and rental accomodations.
"We are going to be as cost effective as we can," says Nicor President Ross Keith.
Keith says the development will have condos starting at $199,000 and rental accomodations will definetly be included in the plans.
"We need to address all demands," says Keith. "We can't afford not to respond to all demands."
Although prices have not been confirmed on the future properties, residents can contact Kevin Lackey and Eric Anderson at Century 21 in Weyburn to discuss purchasing property in Riverwood.
The existing SaskPower Training Centre, which has a 10-year lease, can be seen in this plan for Riverwood.
A representation of what the homes in Riverwood will look like.
Munir Haque shares plans with interested residents at the open house.
Hear the full interview with Munir Haque: