Grocery store expected to spark new development in Greely

An Ottawa developer is hoping that an under-construction grocery store in Greely will be the anchor tenant for a new wave of commercial development in the rural south-end village.

Sunset Lakes Developments, which has constructed some 700 residential lots and more than a dozen artificial lakes in the community, has some 40 acres of land for commercial use at the southeast corner of Bank Street and Parkway Road dubbed the Greely Village Centre.

Maverick Developments is constructing the first six-acre parcel, starting with a 33,500-square-foot Sobeys Foodland that’s expected to open this fall, says Dan Anderson, the president of Sunset Lakes Developments, adding that the site plan includes provisions for a drive-thru.

“With the anchor in place, we now are moving forward with the balance of the development,” Anderson says.

Greely has been one of Ottawa’s fastest-growing communities over the past decade and now has nearly 10,000 residents, according to the Ottawa Neighbourhood Study database.

However, Anderson says commercial growth in the area has lagged – creating both a problem as well as business opportunities.

The next phases of the Greely Village Centre include a 20,000-square-foot medical and professional centre for which Sunset Lakes has its permits “all but ready” and a 6,000-square-foot retail building.

Anderson says some of the larger parcels, which range from 2.5 to five acres, could be marketed at larger employers.

“We could easily attract a major employer (whose employees) would have a very nice commute,” he says. “We’re really only using one side of the road in the morning and one side in the evening.”