The Westlinks Golf Course could soon be home to many Saugeen Shores residents and not just to play golf.
On Tuesday, March 6th, there was an official groundbreaking ceremony to mark the installation of roads and services at the site on Bruce Road 17, along with the beginning construction of the model townhouse on the property.
Developer Rod Rice of Rice Development says the project will be home to 40 townhomes, along with 65 single family homes along Mill Creek that will back onto the 12-hole golf course already there.
Rice says within the next year or two, they also hope to have 100 rental apartment units as well.
He says they're digging out the foundation to the model townhome and hope to have a roof on it in 6-weeks.
Rice says, "The local community is ready for this type of development and with the advent of the Bruce Nuclear works going on, there's going to be quite an influx of people who will wind up living (in Saugeen Shores) permanently......and we'd like a few of them to live here at Westlinks."
The eastern portion of the land is also zoned commercial and Rice can see a hotel developing on the site and they may provide some industrial to satisfy the needs of businesses working at Bruce Power.
Many home builders, political dignataries and RE/MAX Land Exchange personnel were on hand for the groundbreaking.
Saugeen Shores Mayor Mike Smith says the timing for such a development is perfect and says people, not only connected to the Bruce Power Life Extension Program but elsewhere as well, are looking to the municipality as a place to settle down.
He says "If you listen to the real estate agents, there's not enough product on the market right now to sell."
Rice says the bungalow townhomes will be in the price range of $350-to-$370,000 dollars.
Westlinks is the former Pipers Glen Golf course.