Trade Developments breaks ground on new mixed development downtown

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Performing the Ground Breaking Ceremony May 28 was from left: Town of Morinville Director of Planning and Development Greg Hofmann, Mayor Lisa Holmes, Barrhead-Morinville-Westlock MLA Maureen Kubinec, Trade Development President and Managing Partner Scott Jendruck, Ozlem Mazur of Douglas Sollows Architect Inc. and Perry J. Hendriks of Hendriks Construction Ltd. – Lucie Roy Photos

by Lucie Roy with Morinville News Staff files

Morinville – A new commercial development on 100 Avenue that will mix 10,700 square feet of commercial space with three stories of residential broke ground May 28, at least ceremonially. Located between the Morinville Christian School and Rednex Bar and Grill, the development is scheduled to begin construction in June and be ready for occupancy in the spring of 2015.

Scott Jendruck, President and Managing Partner of Trade Developments praised Town Administration and the province at the ceremony for their work on the 642 Functional Plan, a document which has allowed Jendruck and his company to develop the property. Prior to the passing of the plan, property owners on 100 Avenue would have had to build their buildings 10 metres back from the road. Moving forward with that plan has allowed Jendruck to fill what he sees as a void. ”We’re going to be serving much-needed retail space on the main strip here, pluss service the 50-plus adult rental market with our units above,” he said, adding he was pleased with the cooperation and communication among all involved with the development, including the architectural and project team. “A project like this really takes a lot of hard work and a lot of good people.”

Jendruck’s development will have the commercial units on the bottom with parking in front. There will be 36 apartments above, the latter consisting of 24 two-bedroom and two-bath apartments that are fully air-conditioned and approximately 900 square feet in size. Below the project will be fully heated underground parking with 43 stalls and an elevator. Below that, 22 geo-thermal boreholes are being drilled to heat and cool the building.

Mayor Lisa Holmes spoke at the ceremony on the benefit of the development to the community and how it fit with Council’s vision for revitalizing the downtown core. “This project has really taken that vision to their heart and they’ve really brought it forward into the design and every aspect,” Mayor Holmes said, adding she was pleased to see so many come out in support of the project’s ground breaking.

Scott Jendruck, President and Managing Partner of Trade Developments poses near a concept drawing of the retail / commercial development to be built at 10507-100 Avenue. Construction is to start in June with occupancy in the spring of 2015. The development will have 10,700 sq. ft. of commercial retail space on the main level and 36 residential apartments for the 50-plus market on the next three floors.

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