19 mile creek 

With reduced densities and new hope a revised affordable employee housing proposal for the 19 Mile Creek area in Alpine Meadows will go to municipal design panel next week. The new proposal, by Columbus Properties, has slightly under 100,000 square feet of building space, compared to 155,000 square feet in the original proposal, which was submitted under last year’s call for affordable employee housing projects. Matthew Coté of Columbus said this week his company needs approval by the end of the year in order for occupancy to occur by next winter. The new proposal is expected to go to council in November. Steve Bayly, the interim general manager of the new Whistler Resident Housing Corporation, said this week the 19 Mile Creek proposal appears to have the best chance of any of the private proposals received last fall of going ahead next spring. All 10 private proposals received last fall are currently being reviewed by the corporation. The original 19 Mile Creek proposal, which was opposed by some Alpine Meadows residents because of the density, included 146 multiple family units in 17 buildings, with 30 units available for rental. The revised proposal has 60 one-, two- and three-bedroom townhouses in eight buildings and 24 three-bedroom rental units in two buildings. The proposed selling price for the townhouses is $155 per square foot, or approximately $192,000 for a three-bedroom townhouse. Re-sale price restrictions would apply. Ownership of the rental units has not been determined. They could be held by the new housing corporation or they could be sold to employers in the valley. An amenity building is also part of the project. The site is 7.59 acres behind the Alpine Meadows Market, bordered on the north by 19 Mile Creek. The residential buildings are two and three storeys but because the site sits in a depression they would not obstruct views of surrounding houses. The existing tree buffer around the site would be maintained through a covenant prohibiting tree cutting. A single family lot adjacent to the project is part of the proposal. The lot would be sold at market value to help finance the project.

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