by Roger Stonebanks, citizen reporter
Work is about to start on an eight-storey 46-suite condominium in Cordova Bay.
“The Pinnacle” is the final stage of the Sayward Hill development which, with The Pinnacle, includes 202 suites and a nine-hole golf course and clubhouse off Cordova Bay Road.
Originally planned as two six-storey condos on Hill Rise Terrace, Saanich council approved in 2008 a switch to one building but two extra floors to reduce “massing” and increase green space. Half an acre was donated to Sayward Hill Park. The condo did not go ahead then because of a softening of the housing market. The Cordova Bay Association for Community Affairs complimented the Jawl family at the time for listening to the community throughout the development phases of Sayward Hill. The Jawls also developed Mattick’s Farm (as it is today) and Cordova Bay Golf Course.
Before the Sayward Hill condo development, the site consisted of two gravel pits.
Site preparation for the eight-storey condo is planned for late May or June followed by excavation in July, Jawl Properties director Karen Jawl told Saanich Voice Online. “No blasting or pile driving is required. It is anticipated construction will take approximately 24 months,” she said. The company is marketing the project and sales to the priority list are about to start.
Asked by SVO why the start this year rather than 2018, as thought earlier by the company, Jawl said: “It is a busy construction market and that makes it critical to have a strong leadership team for our site to ensure quality and the schedule are maintained. These are both harder in a busy market. As with previous projects we will be using Campbell Construction as we have a great deal of confidence in their ability to deliver a high quality building. The scheduling change related to the availability of a strong leadership team at Campbell so we adjusted our schedule accordingly.”