New Whistle Bend lots up for grabs

Fifty more lots have been made available for prospective homeowners in the Whistle Bend subdivision. The Yukon government announced that a land lottery will be held for the lots, located in Phase 2, on June 23 at the Elijah Smith Building.

Fifty more lots have been made available for prospective homeowners in the Whistle Bend subdivision.

The Yukon government announced that a land lottery will be held for the lots, located in Phase 2, on June 23 at the Elijah Smith Building.

The lots are mostly grouped near the intersection of Casca Boulevard and Keno Way.

The first lottery is for 28 single-family homes, while the second is for 11 duplexes spread over 22 lots.

Prices for the residential lots range from $115,000 to $131,000, while property sizes range from 533 to 676 square metres.

Tenders will also be available for a commercial lot, located near the corner of Casca Boulevard and Whistle Bend Way, as well as six multi-family lots.

The properties have been selling well so far, according to Colin McDowell, director of lands for the Yukon government.

Seventy per cent of Phase 1 lots have been sold, while 50 per cent of Phase 2 has been sold, he said.

“We try to have lotteries at this time of year so when somebody purchases a lot, they could at least get a foundation and start constructing that building season,” he said.

“We’re also working with the city to keep inventory of a variety of available lots.”

As of last month, 80 lots had been sold in Phase 1: 61 residential, 16 duplex and three multi-family, according to Ron Billingham, a spokesperson for the Department of Energy, Mines and Resources.

He said he didn’t have any updated numbers on the number of lots sold in Phase 2 so far.

The unusually high amount of sand blowing around the subdivision hasn’t affected sales, McDowell said.

As development in the area proceeds, the neighbourhood will be landscaped and “that will happen less,” he added.

In 2011, approximately 200,000 cubic metres of sand was moved around to raise lot levels so water would drain properly.

Applications will not be accepted after June 19 at 4:30 p.m., according to the department’s website.

Upon completion, Whistle Bend will house approximately 8,000 residents.

Contact Myles Dolphin at

myles@yukon-news.com

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