Flato Developments takes the first step in entering the Beeton and New Tecumseth market.
As with any community development, councillors want to make sure things go smooth for local residents. Local Councillor Stephanie MacLellan shared her thoughts with the Simcoe Review. “I’m still very concerned with Beeton’s flooding and drainage problem, and I hope Flato will take this into very serious consideration when proceeding with this development,” she said.
Those considerations have been a focal point to Shakir Rehmatullah, president of Flato Developments.
He says the project should help the area of Beeton, in reducing their stormwater management issues. In the heavy rainfall season, there were issues and Rehmatullah is hoping this development would ease the pressure of water going through people’s backyards or properties.
“We are grateful to the residents of Beeton for their input, and we will continue working with them throughout the development,” said Rehmatullah. “We believe in working with the communities where we develop, and we believe in giving back to the communities where we work.”
Flato will be building singles with double car garages and townhomes and is looking to create a heritage-type look to the homes so that it blends into the main street. Rehmatullah says his group is going to do something that will harmonize the existing Main Street character.
This development will add more people to the community of Beeton, which should help the existing businesses along Main Street.
“Flato Developments is a community builder, we believe in building master plan communities, and building a master plan community is not just buying a piece of property and putting a lot of homes on it,” added Rehmatullah. “We look at every aspect; we look at parks, open spaces, schools, community centres, at pedestrian-friendly communities, sidewalks, street lights, we look at everything in providing a complete community.”
Councillor Fran Sainsbury was pleased with the development’s approval. “I really like Flato’s motto, said Sainsbury. “They don’t just build houses; they build communities. Beeton and New Tecumseth will benefit from this development.
In phase one, Flato plans to build about 135 homes and is looking to go to market within the next couple of months.