Trina Burden believes in the city of Corner Brook.
Her career has been testament of that. She was the city’s business resource manager before taking on the role of publisher of The Western Star. Her next project really shows her interest in developing and growing the city.
Brook Construction, her father Ted Burden’s business, has certainly been instrumental in many city developments — including both the new academic building and atrium at Grenfell Campus of Memorial University, the renovated Corner Brook Regional High and the dementia units.
Trina Burden has expanded the business, creating a sister company called Sleepy Cove Developments. This contractor will develop the 55-lot subdivision off Wheeler’s Road and Corporal Pinksen Memorial Drive, to be known as Discovery Ridge. It will be a new venture for Brook Construction, the first time it will delve into residential development.
She is excited about the development — for its concept and its future, but also for what it will mean to Corner Brook to undergo its first major residential development in quite some time.
Burden once lived in a condominium in a Toronto neighbourhood resembling the vision she has for Discovery Ridge. Across from the condo where she resided were townhouses and there were single homes on a side street.
“I want it to be successful, because I believe in it,” she said. “I believe in it for the city, personally, and I believe in it professionally, obviously.”
That was the attraction for Burden — the mixed density formula. The 20-acre lot has the capacity for 75 units in homes, semi-detached, and townhouses and another 94 units with condominium and apartment buildings. It is a five-year development plan that is expected to see the creation of a street off the lower part of Wheeler’s Road, connecting to Corporal Pinksen Memorial Drive, this construction season. That first year is expected to see at least five single houses and four semi-detached units or townhouses developed.
Burden said construction will start in the coming week or two, with much preparation completed as the land acquisition work was completed.
The development type can accommodate many people, but the location is obviously attractive to university and hospital staff — it being adjacent to the future hospital site staff. A condominium is an asset for many young professionals and retired people, while the semi-detached units are often less expensive alternatives for young families buying their first home.
Meeting a widespread market, in a city where housing is much needed, Burden is excited about the prospects and future of the development. She is feeling a sense of pride to be able to bring this to the city.
“Because there hasn’t been a lot of new homes in Corner Brook, people have went out farther to get that new home,” she said. “I think people will see this as a way to get closer to the city.”
Meanwhile, Corner Brook Mayor Charles Pender said the current council promised to get development in the city moving. He said there was a lot of work to get it to this stage, but it was a priority to make it happen.
With this mosaic design attempted for the first time in Corner Brook, the mayor is excited about a new type of community within the city. With expansions to Grenfell, the long-term care facility, and the future site of the new hospital in that area, it is a new outlook.
“We just see this as an opportunity for anybody — looking at what their level of income is and what type of housing they are looking for — to make this really accessible housing for a wide variety of people,” he said.
“We believe Corner Brook is a great place to live. It’s a viable community. We just need to make opportunities for be able to build a house here, buy a house here, and live in a great community.”