You might know the name Genesis from the popular Airdrie recreation centre that has its name (Genesis sponsored the naming rights back in 2010), but the company itself has been helping to develop Airdrie communities since the late 1990s.
Since 1998, Genesis Land Development Corp. has been involved in creating three unique neighbourhoods on Airdrie’s west side: Canals, Bayside and Bayview.
“The vision we have for our communities is to be able to have everything linked and connected by either water or open spaces,” says project manager Peter Jensen.
“In Airdrie, we have the largest comprehensive open-space network in the city … 60 acres of open space, not including the [water features].”
When Canals launched, the idea of approximately six kilometres of waterways – suitable for canoeing and kayaking – winding through a neighbourhood in a small city was considered a novelty. Today, it’s one of Airdrie’s jewels and anchors Genesis’ adjacent developments.
“We’re in our last phase in Canals Landing,” notes Jensen. “The remaining lots are mostly our country estate lots – 75-by-100-foot lots with side-drive garage.”
To the south, Bayside wraps about the canal system and is anchored by a boutique shopping centre overlooking one of the legs of the canals. Genesis is developing Phase 11, dubbed Pier 11, featuring walkout lots backing onto the water, and Bayside Estates, which can be accessed off Eighth Street. “The majority of those lots have direct water access from the backyard,” says Jensen. “This layout is very unique from almost any [other community] in this region.”
To the west of Bayside is brand-new Bayview, which is being developed in an urban cottage style. “It’s a bit of a divergence from our usual Maritime theme,” says Jensen, adding the first homes are now under construction. “We’ll be having a large central park adjacent to the pond and we’re planning a creek water feature, large gathering spaces and lots of landscaping,” he says.
Jensen says giving back to the community is just as important to Genesis as developing neighbourhoods, and, with recreation a major aspect of the Airdrie lifestyle, it made sense for the company to give its name to Genesis Place. “We have long been a staple in Airdrie and we plan to leave a legacy here, so community involvement is very important to us,” he says.
Builders in Genesis’ Airdrie neighbourhoods include Airdrie-based McKee Homes, ReidBuilt Homes, WestView Builders, Crystal Creek Homes, DS Homes and the Genesis Builders Group.