The exterior treatment on the new St. Mary Education and Wellness Centre is nearly done. The school looks substantial with lots of masonry, yet friendly and warm. Plenty of windows are part of the design to allow natural light to enter the building and take advantage of what will be great views of the new Grace Adam Park.
St. Mary Front Entrance - South & East Facade
St. Mary North Facade
The masonry work on the new Columbian Place Seniors' complex also has similar exterior brick work to tie the developments together. These two developments are the largest within the Pleasant Hill Village project. Once these are completed in 2012, there are three remaining development sites which will be offered to home builders for construction of more family-oriented housing in 2013.
Slowly, but surely, market sales are occurring in Pleasant Hill Village.
This week another unit was sold in the Cenith Townhouse Devlopment, now called "South Pleasant Hill Solar Village." Thirty-six units were completed last year of which 13 remain for sale.
The new St. Mary Wellness and Education Centre will be opening its doors in 2012. The new school is located on the 300 block of Avenue N South. The current St. Mary School is located on the 300 block of Avenue O South. Avenue O South has never been a through-street. In other words, the street dead-ended at the CPR tracks. As a result, most of the traffic on Avenue O South was school related traffic. The new location is on a through street. Furthermore, the street has a rail crossing which creates the need to ensure traffic slows down as it approaches the school crossing.
The Infrastructure Services Department has designed a plan to ensure traffic reduces speed within the new school zone, in particular around the rail crossing. The plan includes crosswalks and and two traffic islands with signage. The traffic calming elements will be installed by the time the new school opens.