STRATHMORE – There is a new development coming to Strathmore. Prairies Strathmore, made up of Prairie View and Prairie’s Edge and the project is on track to start selling lots next spring.
Calgary entrepreneur Brett Wilson, the developer, plans to start grading the site this fall and have services in the spring of 2013.
Wilson will be in Strathmore on August 4th taking part in the Heritage Days parade. He has posted a contest on the development’s website HYPERLINK “http://www.PrairieStrathmore.ca” www.PrairieStrathmore.ca offering a photo op and a tour of The Prairies Edge Development led by himself and Project Manager Allan Coulter.
In a session that was more like a conversation than an interview, Wilson told the Anchor that he was excited to see this project coming online.
“There will be homes for everyone in these developments, from new families to those looking at retirement”, he says. “We plan the future build out to include shops and services, and coupled with the pathway systems and fantastic water features, this will be a beautiful spot for families of all types to live and play in”
When asked about the process involved in getting this project off the ground, Wilson said “There are always things that have to be worked out between the developer and the municipal groups, but working with the people from Strathmore was good because they are the type of people who stay at the table and get things solved.”
We asked Wilson, why Strathmore? He told us that his long time friend Allan Coulter came to him with the information that there was a large parcel of property for sale on the North East edge of Strathmore that would be perfect for a properly conceived development. “That was the birth of the plan”
The roll out of phase one will include 52 to 70 foot lots with walkouts that will gaze over the new wetland area, and 40 to 44 foot lots. Later in the development there are plans for 20 to 30 seniors’ housing units.
Wilson was also a co-founder of FirstEnergy Capital Corp a Canadian brokerage firm that has participated in projects worth more than $250 billion. He is Chairman of Canoe Financial, a privately owned investment management firm with about $2 billion in assets; and is also chairman of Prairie Merchant Corp., a private merchant bank. Wilson was also appointed a member of the Order of Canada in 2011.
Wilson, who is already involved in large commercial developments and iconic deals in his stint on Dragon’s Den has demonstrated that he not only has business acumen, but heart. The combination of the two should produce one great community.
Wilson was also a co-founder of FirstEnergy Capital Corp a Canadian brokerage firm that has participated in projects worth more than $250 billion. He is Chairman of Canoe Financial, a privately owned investment management firm with about $2 billion in June, Wilson was also appointed a member of the Order of Canada.
We asked Wilson if there was any parting comment he would like to leave with our readers, he said” “It’s simple; it’s all part of getting back to my prairie roots”.