The historic barn at the Montane site will be preserved for the new development.

The historic barn at the Montane site will be preserved for the new development.

Development on Montane is quickly moving forward

Ten homesites on the Montane development have already sold and more will be put up for sale shortly.

The Montane development on Coal Creek Road is going up quickly, with 10 homesites located on the peripheral edge of the community already sold.

“All 10 homesites sold within a few weeks, which was quicker than anticipated,” general manager of Parastone, Simon Howse said in a press release. “It’s great. There’s just been a ton of interest.”

Located between Whitetail Drive and Cedar Bowl Place, the 10 lots sold to a broad demographic of Fernie residents, with the properties ranging drastically in price from $135,000 to $235,000.

Stage one of the Montane development project is expected to be completed by late next year, with properties going up for sale this month. But Howse warns residents interested in purchasing a lot based on the preliminary stage of development that they need to purchase earlier rather than later.

The development consists of 140 homes located on the 660-acre parcel of land one kilometer from Fernie’s historic downtown. In August Parastone announced they would be taking over the development, originally purchased to be turned into a golf course, and turning it into a community residential area, preserving the historic barn and building a community garden not unlike Fernie’s EcoGarden.

Last week, Howse said that the designs for the community garden and barn, which include a restoration of the old barn and the installation of an irrigation system, have been completed. They hope to begin work on these two features early next spring.

“I’m just surprised how many people use that area,” Howse said adding, “They can be rest assured the barn will be preserved and enhanced.”

Anyone interested in finding out more about the first stage of development on Montane are invited to attend an open house guided tour on October 11 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the old barn.