Groundbreaking for new seniors’ residences in Estevan

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Monday morning, Hirsch Holdings Ltd. and representatives from the Town of Estevan were at 2330 Morsky Drive for the groundbreaking of 10 single storey duplex condos for seniors.

ESTEVAN – Estevan will soon see the construction of a new senior living complex in the north end of town.

Monday morning, Hirsch Holdings Ltd. and representatives from the Town of Estevan were at 2330 Morsky Drive for the groundbreaking of 10 single storey duplex condos for seniors.

The duplexes will be built in two phases. The first three duplexes are in the start-up phase and are due for completion in early 2023. And they hope to start work on the last two in the fall.

In total, they will build 10 condos with garages ranging from 1,304 to 1,850 square feet.

The condos will not have basements or stairs, allowing for more comfortable housing for seniors.

Garry Hirsch says they’ve built one-story residences in Estevan before, but there’s always a strong demand for this type of housing.

“We have had many calls to the office over the past couple of years from people who… are looking for an entry-level position. [houses] with a garage. They’re leaving a house, they want to downsize, but they’re not ready for a senior competition yet or something, they’re living on their own,” Treena Hirsch said, confirming her comments.

Estevan Mayor Roy Ludwig said having single-story housing would be great for many families in the community.

“I think it’s something people want,” said councilor Lindsay Clark.

Garry Hirsch said he had his eye on the property for a couple of years because of Shirley’s Creek running down the side, and the company finally bought the land last fall. He thanked the city for all their help going through the requirements and the paperwork, and now they’re ready to start building.

“When you develop a property, there’s a lot of paperwork, city bylaws, building code. And, of course, the city has all that knowledge. We have that too, but the regulations change from year to year. So the city worked with us and really helped us get things done,” Garry said.

A large sign showing the layout of the project will soon be installed on the site to allow people to better understand what is being done.

A condo has already been sold and another sale is in progress. Once they have sold around 60% of the properties in the first phase, they will want to start work on the last two buildings. The hope is to move into phase two and get the foundations in place before the freeze, so they can work through the remaining two duplexes over the winter.

The market has fluctuated a lot over the past two years and prices have risen significantly. Treena Hirsch said that while it hasn’t been easy, they’ve put in a lot of effort to make sure everything goes smoothly.

“It’s been a little stressful that way, but Garry has done a lot of work to make sure the submissions come in fairly. You have to rely on the market value. We know the price of wood is high, but we’ve gone out for contractors as well and basically offer the best prices possible,” explained Treena.

Garry added that they plan to use local contractors and there will be a lot of people involved throughout the construction period with five to 20 people working on site at a time.

“I’m not done with all the contractors, but it looks like everything will be local,” he said.

“It’s very important to us,” added Treena.

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