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Pamela Anderson: Superstar, Sex Symbol, Animal-rights Advocate And.... Real Estate Developer.

"The Most Powerful Canadian in Hollywood", Pamela Anderson, is embarking on an exciting residential waterfront development in her hometown of Ladysmith on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. The project has been at least a year in the making, but the initial development plans have now been laid for the Ladysmith waterfront property. So far the scope of the development involves 72 condominiums in three separate buildings, and 11 townhouses in three other buildings. There are also plans for moorage and a marina that'll house up to 18 boats owned by development residents. Originally the design was zoned for commercial use, but plans have since changed and the complex is set to be purely residential.

Pamela has teamed up with developer and ex-hockey player Geoff Courtnell to develop the project on what used to be Anderson's grandparents' property in Ladysmith. The project aims to lead as an example for smart development in the small town of Ladysmith, in terms of planning and green building standards. Environmentally friendly features will include geothermal heat exchange, pavement that is water-permeable and a re-circulating pond and stream to prevent heavy runoff. There is also a green roof plan and a storm-water management plan in place. Other environmental considerations include the planning team's concerted effort to minimize the building's footprint on the area. The density proposed for the site will be much less than what is currently permitted under the town's zoning. Anderson plans to save many of the established fir and arbutus trees on the site, creating a green buffer from any potential highway noise. The focus will be on clearing only the trees that obstruct the incredible ocean views.

The particular property that is scheduled to be developed is a five acre chuck of land that was a holiday cottage business, run by Anderson's grandparents. It overlooks the ocean and is close to a well-established neighborhood built up above an estuary. The units will change in size from 1,200 to 1,500 square feet and prices for the units have yet to be determined.

Ladysmith is a Vancouver Island town with an ever-growing population of 7,000 + residents. Named by Harrowsmith magazine as "one of the prettiest towns in Canada", Ladysmith has a unique geographic location, perched up on a hill side, overlooking the spectacular eastern shores of beautiful Vancouver Island. The town is ideal for exploring the awesome beauty and charm of the near-by Gulf Islands by boat or kayak. Other great activities that are easily accessible include, hiking in the rugged backcountry, swimming, biking, or visiting the Cowichan Valley's excellent restaurants and bourgeoning wineries.

Ladysmith is on the cutting edge of environmental programming and boasts an award-winning recycling program. Famous for it's annual Festival of Lights, Paddlefest and Arts on the Avenue, Ladysmith BC is a spirited community that won't be a best kept secret for much longer--. especially now that superstar Pamela Anderson is raising its profile with this enticing, new, waterfront development. Keep you're eye on on this one, good things come in small packages - and from small, beautiful and undiscovered places.

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