Ellcar Construction and the Town of Osoyoos have done something Donald Trump has so far been unable to accomplish.
They built a wall.
The concrete barrier went up earlier this month on the east side of Meadowlark Place — a sub-division along Hwy. 97 that includes among its inventory four single family homes to be offered with a 15-percent subsidy as part of the Town’s Near Market Housing initiative.
The wall runs from 74 Ave to Wren Place — to the east of the new Osoyoos Fire Hall and behind eight units in the Meadowlark subdivision.
“We started talking about building (the wall) and then the town came on board and said we should extend it right behind the fire hall as well,” said Dave Neufeld, a partner in the development with Osoyoos builder Hart Buckendahl.
“We poured them a solid concrete foundation for their fence. For our portion, we put down cement footings for the posts.”
And that’s where the project sat until last Thursday when the 2,000-kg panels arrived.
“We had it up in about three hours,” said Mr. Neufeld. “The pre-cast segments have fastening points in them. So we just had the crane from South Okanagan Concrete come out and he lifted them up and they slid inside slots and into place just as slick as can be.”
The wall serves several purposes, Mr. Neufeld said, including providing “a bit of a noise buffer from the highway, a little bit of privacy for the backyards, and it keeps kids and dogs off the road.”
Behind it, newcomers are welcome.
The development now has eight families in completed units, with one unit still awaiting a buyer. Six walkout units are envisioned for the west end of the development.
“And we’ve got three more that are in various stages of completion,” Mr. Neufeld added. “It’s neat to see the families move in there and the kids getting outdoors.”
Along the highway, eight units are under construction; two of the four Town units included among the eight are already sold.
So what do you do after you build your own wall, why you go to Mexico, of course, where there was plenty of talk abut another proposed wall.
“We sure heard lots of talk about that wall down there,” Mr. Neufeld said. “And we saw lots of T-shirts, including one that said You’re on the fun side of the wall.”