More Whistle Bend lots up for grabs

Over 150 lots in the second phase of the Whistle Bend subdivision will go on sale by lottery, starting Sept. 3. Although 71 lots remain up for sale from the first phase, that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Over 150 lots in the second phase of the Whistle Bend subdivision will go on sale by lottery, starting Sept. 3.

Although 71 lots remain up for sale from the first phase, that’s not necessarily a bad thing, said Brian Ritchie, a spokesperson for the Department of Community Services. The city and territory have a goal of keeping a two-year supply of lots available, which is equal to between 150 to 200 lots, he said.

Future phases of Whistle Bend will roll out based on demand, said Ritchie. In total, the territory estimated the project would be completed in the span of 10 to 20 years, Ritchie said.

When all eight phases of Whistle Bend are built, the neighbourhood is envisioned to house 8,000 people and encompass 250 hectares worth of lots. It’s the territory’s biggest-ever subdivision project.

Parks, stores and a transportation system are all planned for the neighbourhood. The government has already spent $60 million for the project, with total expenditures estimated to be $270 million for all eight phases.

The project became mired with controversy after one of the contractors, Norcope Enterprises Ltd., sued the territory over its handling of contracts to install water and sewer lines. After protests that saw heavy equipment parked in front of the legislature and lengthy legal manoeuvring in preparation for a trial, both parties reached a confidential out-of-court settlement in May.

A variety of lots are available. Most of the second phase lots are meant for 57 single family homes, at an average price of $130,459. There are also 47 townhouse lots, which will be sold in groups of three to six at an average price of $69,957. Twenty-two duplex lots average at $78,219. Five multi-family lots are available at approximately $236,730. Twenty restricted residential lots cost around $140,459, which are larger lots, Ritchie said.

The territory donated a duplex lot in the second phase to Habitat for Humanity, Ritchie said. It’s the third lot the territory has given the non-profit, after similar donations of lots from Copper Ridge and Ingram, he said.

With sustainability in mind, Whistle Bend will also feature parks, trails, and roads designed to be as short as possible, Ritchie said.

Around 300 local workers obtained jobs through the subdivision’s development over the last three years. In total, 20 contracting companies were hired for the project, each of which employed between five to 25 tradespeople, he said.

Lottery packages may be purchased through the territory’s lands branch. The lottery draw will take place on Sept. 18. Unsold lots will be available over-the-counter and advertised on the department’s website.

Contact Krystle Alarcon at

krystlea@yukon-news.com

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