The first Cheakamus Crossing homeowners might be moving in today, according to the developer.
Joe Redmond, chair of the Whistler 2020 Development Corporation (WDC), said they have signed closing documents for 18 homes in the White Water area, and the first people will be taking occupancy on Aug. 26 or 27.
"Most people are trying to get in before the end of the month," he said, as many of them are renting and have given notice to their landlords.
"We're trying to be as accommodating as possible.
Walk-throughs for homeowners began last Thursday and will continue for the next month, with WDC taking eight to 10 people through their homes per day.
So far, there have been no major complaints - a cracked cover plate here, a crooked door there. Repairmen follow along and immediately fix anything the homeowners aren't pleased with. Overall the process has been smooth.
"Everyone's very pleased," Redmond said. "The deficiencies are all very minor, there's been nothing of note or concern."
The WDC is in the two-month homestretch of a three-year endeavor. They began building the athletes' village in the fall of 2007. The buildings were turned over to VANOC in late 2009 and re-acquired in May of this year. They've been working on repairs and repainting ever since. Homeowners will be moving in right on schedule.
Redmond said the WDC will have 15 units for sale by the first of October, after a few people backed out of their purchase for financial or personal reasons. He said two parties might have backed out over concern about the asphalt plant.
"It hasn't been a factor as far as people who have purchased," he said.
The neighbourhood may also see a restaurant as early as November. Redmond said there will be a proposal for the restaurant space in the next few weeks.
He's already received one proposal but the WDC decided not to pursue it. With over 200 homeowners and 50 renters living in Cheakamus Crossing, and about 180 people staying at the hostel, Redmond said it's "critical that (the restaurant) recognize the people staying in that community.
"We want to make sure we get the right person. It's an area that has huge potential," he said.
Everything is already set up for a business to move in. Once a restaurateur has been chosen it's all a matter of how quickly they can set up shop.
"The general economic climate is making it somewhat difficult for anybody, whether you're buying a house or opening a restaurant," Redmond said.