One of the biggest compliments Dean Dreger and Dave Ney have received about their new building, is that it looks like it has been in Qualicum Beach for years.
The pair, who own Amplio Development Corp. and who are residents of the community, only completed the building — called Terre Verde — in December 2010.
It’s a combination of commercial and residential on Qualicum Beach’s main street and the effort put into its construction quality has already garnered the pair a couple of honours.
The building was named the Pacific Home Warranty Builder of the Month and, most recently, was given a commercial-residential building of the year award by the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board.
The honours recognize their efforts to make a building fit into the unique downtown of Qualicum Beach — after the structure that proceeded it was destroyed by fire a few years ago.
The pair bought the property, among others, from its previous owner. While they have done some renovation work and a subdivision in the community before, this was a project they said they wanted to shine.
“The town wanted mixed commercial,” said Dreger. “So we set out to try to create model to drive more people into town.”
The site is unique in that it has two frontages — one off of Memorial Avenue, the main street, and the second off of First Avenue — which is almost a full level below the other street.
Plus, the duo had to work with the Town of Qualicum Beach, which seeks to protect its village atmosphere in the downtown core.
Dreger said they tried to be as transparent as possible in the process and today, they have a great relationship with the town.
Ney said they overbuilt the structure — meaning it is as solid as they come, protected against the elements and is energy-efficient.
Downstairs, they have a commercial tenant in Naked Naturals, an organic grocer. Upstairs, there are two, 1,320 square-foot condos. They are well thought-out and have large, sunny decks.
“We think downtown has to be affordable living at this point,” said Dreger.
Affordable, however, remains relative in Qualicum Beach. The condos both are selling for $349,000 (and no HST).
They are getting a lot of interest, however, and it’s only a matter of time before they’re gone.
Terre Verge, said Ney and Dreger, is designed to be around for decades to come — and built to a level that sets a new standard in the community.
“The building looks established, like it belongs here,” said Dreger.
“We have been recognized for all the extras,” added Ney, “that’s really why we won those awards.”