The Ridge at Bose Farms development has gone to great lengths to preserve rural history in Surrey. Articles in the Globe and Mail, Vancouver Sun, Surrey Now and Business in Vancouver all featured the history and development of the land. (Refer to the links below for the full articles.)
The original 160 acre Bose Farms was established in 1892 by Henry Bose and was split in two in 1901 when half of it was given away as a dowry. Development on one of those properties by John Rempel includes preserving 12 acres of forest as a park and developing 7.5 acres. (He has also sold an agricultural portion to a blueberry farmer.)
It was very important to Roger Bose (Henry’s grandson) to save all of the trees on that portion of the original property, and Rempel has managed to do so along with preserving the oldest buildings.
The Bose family’s heritage buildings are being relocated and incorporated into The Ridge at Bose Farms condo development. The Bose family farm house will undergo heritage revitalization as will a milk shed and potato barn. The home will be used as guest suites, the potato barn will be an amenity centre for residents and the milk parlour will be a tool shed for a community garden. Roger’s twin brother Bob said: “It’s wonderful that our family home, having been a part of Surrey’s heartland for 89 years, will be enjoyed by future generations on the farm it was built on.”
When completed, The Ridge at Bose Farms will consist of 253 units in four low-rise buildings. It will be a four-phase development that will take about three years to build out. The property is still surrounded by farms and forest. “We didn’t take any land out of the agricultural land reserve. The ALR boundary line runs through the dairy barn, but that’s being protected as a heritage site,” says Mr. Rempel.
The Ridge at Bose Farms will officially open with a Harvest at The Ridge to celebrate the first public release on October 12th from noon to 4pm. RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org
Register online for updates at http://www.theridgeatbosefarms.com/
Read more at these links:
October 2, 2013 Surrey Now Surrey’s historic Bose buildings get new lease on life
October 1, 2013 Vancouver Sun Pioneer farm house in Cloverdale moves 350m for condo development
October 1, 2013 Business In Vancouver Printable Story “Rural history preserved in Bose Farms development”
September 27, 2013 As Surrey grows, trees are traded for density – The Globe and Mail