New condo being built in West Hill

(From left to right) Mayor Greg Dionne, Ward 8 councillor Ted Zurakowski, developer Josh Remai, project manager Rob Bechard, Ward 4 councillor Don Cody and realtor Jesse Heit break ground at the construction site for the new Woodbridge Terrace condo in West Hill Monday. (Bianca Bharti/Daily Herald)

Bianca Bharti, Daily Herald

The city broke ground on a new condominium being built in the West Hill area on Monday.

Along with Ted Zurakowski, city councillor for West Hill, the mayor and other members of the city witnessed the first dig on the new project.

Zurakowski said he’s excited for the new building and what it means for residents in West Hill.

The new condo will be called Woodbridge Terrace. It is the third condominium built by local developer Span West. They first built Woodbridge Estates, then Woodbridge Manor before starting this build.

“This is more modern…,” Josh Remai, president of Span West, said. “Some of the amenities include nine-foot ceilings, granite countertop — (it’s) the most energy efficient building we’ve built in Prince Albert.”

Remai said he hopes the energy efficiency will attract buyers in this slow housing market in the city.

“Throughout the whole province, oil and gas is down, people are spending less money,” developers have to pay a large PST, said Zurakowski. But, he said, he is confident working with the company because of numerous developments Span West has done already in the city.

Being originally from Prince Albert, Remai said he wants this project to involve Prince Albert residents as much as possible.

“We’re going to use lots of local tradespeople… and that just feeds back into the community,” he said. “This is a good, multi-million dollar project that will keep a lot of businesses open and working through the winter. We’re happy to collaborate and work with them.”

Excavation has already begun, construction will begin next Monday and the units will be ready to move in by August 2019.