Friday, September 20, 2002 Back The Halifax Herald Limited

Jodreys plan big residential development
Metro project may be worth $1b

By Bruce Erskine / Business Reporter

Annapolis Group Inc., controlled by the Jodrey family of Hantsport, is planning a multimillion-dollar residential development to be known as Bedford West.

"It could be a billion-dollar project over time," Archie Hattie, Annapolis Group vice-president and general manager, said in an interview from his offices on Hammonds Plains Road.

"It's a whole community we're planning," he said. "We feel this will be a core growth area in metro. . . . We're looking at a 20- to 30-year growth period."

The 520-hectare (1,284-acre) development, now just woods and rocks, will be bordered by Highway 102 and Hammonds Plains Road in the east and bisected by Kearney Lake Road. It extends west of the old Bedford town line to Ragged Lake. "About half is outside Bedford in the old Halifax County," Mr. Hattie said.

The development is being designed to accommodate 20,000 people in about 6,000 residential units, a mix of houses, condominiums and townhouses - "the full spectrum, some high-end, some condos," Mr. Hattie said.

He said the Annapolis Group has received approval from Halifax Regional Municipality to proceed with its master plan for Bedford West and the developers hopes to break ground sometime next year.

"The first public information meeting will be held in October," Mr. Hattie said. "By the end of November, we'll be coming forward with our master plan, showing the different uses, park spaces and roads."

He said the plan will include provisions for schools and commercial and retail development.

"(Commercial development) will happen when they see people moving in there," he said.

Mr. Hattie said the proposed Highway 113, which would connect highways 102 and 103, will run through the development.

"The province is in the process of acquiring rights-of-way," he said.

Annapolis Group Inc. initiated the development of Bedford's Papermill Lake and was behind the recent Glen Arbour and Glenbourne residential development.

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