Gated community in HP showing promise

The photo shows a sample of a home in a gated community for seniors in Grande Prairie built by GP Eagle Construction Ltd. A similar design could become part of a gated community proposed for High Prairie.

Richard Froese
South Peace News

A vision for a gated community in High Prairie for one-level homes for seniors is catching on.

Options for a site and design plans were discussed at a meeting Jan. 22, organized by Diana Oliver, who initiated the project last May.

“We will consider three possible sites,” says Oliver, a longtime community leader and volunteer, and former mayor of the Town of High Prairie from 1992-1998.

About 10 possible sites were presented during discussion.

Oliver is thankful for the town and CAO Brian Martinson, who has assisted to identify potential land for the project.

“We’re pretty blessed the town has opened up,” Oliver says.

“We have lots of parcels to choose from.”

She says she will talk to the landowners about the project to narrow down the possibilities.

Options for design plans were presented by Leon Maksymchuk, owner of GP Eagle Construction Ltd.

“I really want to focus on lifestyle living,” Maksymchuk says.

Gardens, walkways and green space could also be featured in the project, he notes.

He is a major builder working in Grande Prairie for 24 years during a career spanning 38 years.

“The more units we have, the most cost-effective it is,” Maksymchuk says.

“It’s your project; it’s up to the community.”

He toured the town with Oliver and Martinson the week before the meeting to view potential sites.

“We just need to know what interest we have,” Maksymchuk says.

He says the company would require a minimum of eight committed units to start.

Oliver is organizing a tour of projects constructed by GP Eagle Construction in Grande Prairie, recommended by Maksymchuk.

“He suggested a tour so we can see their projects so we can have a greater concept in our minds,” Oliver says.

“It would make it more real and help us understand it better.”

The builder is also ready to present design options for homes in the High Prairie project.

“We could prepare two or three designs people like and combinations of colour and interior and go from there,” Maksymchuk says.

Oliver is optimistic the project will draw interest from other communities in the Peace region, Alberta and neighbouring provinces.

“Build it and they will come, I believe that,” Oliver says.

“Working together, maybe we can build something.”

She expects planning and preparations to take about two years before ground is broken to begin construction.

Maksymchuk says his team can build a residential unit in about six to seven months.

“It’s our intent to get it done and get it done right.”

Oliver suggests a tour to Grande Prairie in February.

A further meeting will be scheduled after that to discuss the next stage of the project.

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