City Hall has approved a sizeable housing expansion in Heritage Park on Sarnia’s east side.
Castleman Contracting plans to build 54 semi-detached homes on a 10-acre parcel of land located east of Modeland Road and north of Confederation Line.
“This is a good news story for Sarnia,” said city planning manager Tammie Ryall. “It means 54 lots will be available.
Carl Kongas, co-owner of the Camlachie-based company with Robert Van Hoorn, said the one-storey open concept bungalows will feature two bedrooms on the main floor, a two-car garage and finished basement.
As Energy Star homes, they will be 20% more energy efficient than the building code standard, Kongas said.
“This will appeal to those people that don’t want the maintenance of large lots but still want the comforts of a generous sized house and a two-car garage,” he added.
A lot plan filed with the city shows the new subdivision laid out in a square loop connected to Upper Canada Drive in two spots, with ready access to Heritage Park pond and its adjacent park.
Because some of the lots back onto Highway 40 the developers must build a wall to mitigate traffic noise and vibration. They are also paying to increase the size of the sanitary sewers.
Kongas said he hopes to begin construction on the road in early October, pending final approval for the city.
If all goes well, homes could be ready for occupancy in spring 2019, he said.
“Once the foundation is in and it’s framed and closed in from the elements, we can work on the construction of the interior.”
The project’s details are expected to come before city council for final approval in September.