Housing projects proposed 

Potential employee housing projects are in various stages of development in Whistler. A needs assessment is expected to be complete by June and it will outline what Whistler will need to build in order to accommodate its workforce into the future. Here’s a look at what is currently proposed:

Rainbow – This development is slated for the land in between Alpine and Emerald. This year the municipality and the landowners signed a Memorandum of Understanding that they would work towards this development in the north. Plans include employee housing in the form of 48 rental condos, 16 for sale apartments and 70 single family homes. There would also be duplexes, townhomes and seniors housing in the project. To make it financially viable, the land would also accommodate 35 single family market lots and 16 market townhouses. There would be a small commercial component as well. The municipality is working to get this project in the rezoning process throughout this summer/fall.

Zen/Alpha Creek – North of Function Junction, this development would go on pieces of a 77 acre site. The majority of the land, including all the sensitive wetlands in the area, would be preserved in an environmental trust. The housing proposal is made up of up to 390 apartments and 215 townhomes, along with four single family homes. The final numbers for this project have yet to be determined. There would also be a commercial component to this project. This proposal was just recently submitted to the municipality.

Cressey – The redevelopment of the Boot Pub/Shoestring Lodge site could see 36 employee townhouses in this spot across the highway from Nesters. The development proposal also includes 36 market townhouses and a commercial component with a new pub, cold beer and wine store and a small inn. These plans have already gone to a public open house and the next step will be second reading. Developers are hoping to be in the ground this fall.

Holborn – The Holborn Group are proposing to put in a seniors housing complex as part of their plans to develop townhouses and condos on the lands next to the Whistler Racquet Club. The developers are still working through the details of their project.

Athletes Village – The scope and size of the athletes village and what it will become after the 2010 Olympics are still not clear. The municipality and a design team are reviewing conceptual designs this week.

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