Developer Gordon Fehr, from Scotch Creek, says he has always liked Barriere and hoped to live there with his wife some day. When the time was right, he began negations to purchase the Cline property on the east side Barriere Town Road for a housing development. This way he will have his business and his home in the area of his choice.
Gordon says it was not easy to get across all the hurdles involved before actual work on the property could begin. He found that getting financing for a housing development is extremely difficult, but states that once funding is in place, everything else will follow.
He notes there had been initial concerns by First Nations that did take some time to deal with. George explained that there had to be permission given to disturb the ground where the subdivision was slated to go. The concern was because it was perceived to be too close to archeological sites; but this was resolved was the question of the development’s proximity to a flood plain, being close to the Barriere River.
George said he has found everyone has found exceptionally good to work with regarding the development, and also stated “It is because of working with Mayor Mike Fennel and real-estate agent Karina Scott that I am here today.”
The housing development will hold Strata Title for 32 modular home lots.
Gordon is very enthusiastic about the development, and adds that he has special interest ideas for spaces surrounding the homes that will give the area a park like appearance with historic features. A footpath will circle the subdivision, and there will be access to it from every home site. The central area is to be a children’s playground, with benches for residents to sit and enjoy the green space surroundings. At the entrance an historic old waterwheel will be featured. The waterwheel was used to create power in the beginning days of Barriere; and Gordon hopes that it will be a functional feature of interest from times past at the entrance to his development.