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Salisbury Village Unveiled

1/17/2017
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Sherwood Park’s newest community celebrates its grand opening

Looking for inner-city living without sacrificing suburban amenities? Salisbury Village may be the solution.

The new urban housing area hosted its grand opening on Oct. 1. The community project — which has been eight years in the making — strikes the balance between accommodating much-needed high-density living space with the comfort and conveniences of a suburban neighbourhood.

“The original concept was apartment buildings and high-density stuff, so we wanted to take the same concept but something that would be new,” said Patrick Shaver, president at Avillia Developments.

Salisbury Village includes a variety of different housing options, from condominiums and apartments, to townhouses, duplexes and single-family homes. The neighbourhood also features a nearby commercial shopping space, playgrounds, and sprawling green space in the heart of Sherwood Park.

“When we call it a village, it really is, there is going to be a lot of things that people can do right in the community without having to leave the community,” Shaver said, adding that he anticipates seeing a variety of demographics inhabiting the neighbourhood.

“I think, though, there are two that really hit here,” he said. “You are going to get some suburban professionals, because the style of housing here lends itself to people who may be busy and working hard before they have a family. The other demographic that we have are people downsizing — empty nesters.”

Indeed, Ward 3 Coun. Brian Botterill said that, “We have a huge market for seniors who want to downsize but they don’t want to downgrade. And here you have it.“

Strathcona-Sherwood Park MLA Estefania Cortes-Vargas said that lifestyles and demographics change, and that needs to be reflected in the area’s housing. “This is good,” she said. “It’s a new generation of housing.”

Botterill added he hopes Salisbury Village can be used as an example for the rest of Sherwood Park.

“I’m hoping that we can use this as a showpiece for the whole region that density isn’t bad if you do it right,” he said.