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Jill Schramm/DND Chris Coffee of Silver Springs Development addresses Surrey City Council on Thursday.

SURREY – A developer has a plan to ramp up construction of homes in Surrey to attract dozens of new families a year.

Chris Coffee, director of special projects for Silver Springs Development, spoke to Surrey City Council on Thursday about the company’s plans to expand the existing Silver Springs development in Surrey to include more single family homes, townhouses, a development commercial and possibly an apartment building. .

“We have a few hundred lots that are already plated,” Coffee says. “The land is not good without houses on it. People aren’t coming to buy a lot – the community isn’t improving.

To be successful, development needs to move faster than a handful of homes per year, so to address this, Silver Springs Development has a plan to speed construction using economies of scale, Coffee said.

“We have already accelerated” he said, noting that construction on five homes began before this winter set in. Now, logistical work is underway to ensure materials are available when needed to move the project forward with more homes being started.

Jill Schramm/DND A map shows a number of flats for new single family homes in a Silver Springs expansion in Surrey. Townhouses are planned to the west and commercial development to the south. Multi-family housing is also possible.

The goal is to complete a house every week or every two weeks, up to 52 houses per year. As homes are built in joint phases and new residents arrive, that will fuel demand for the commercial portion of construction, Coffee said.

“It’s a good time because there are soldiers coming to town. You have BNSF,” Coffee says. “There are people who want to be here. I have been in Surrey. It really is a nice place.

“I don’t think it will be a better time the longer we wait,” he added. “I want to build this commercial. To build this business, I need people to move in and I need to have more residents. So I build these houses. If they come to that, then I can give them more support. Everybody wins.

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