October 21, 2014 - 2:32 PM
PENTICTON - The residents of Scott Avenue can breathe a sigh of relief knowing an undesired rental property will not be built on their street.
Council made a decision this week to nix a plan that’s been in the works for over two years.
A third public hearing was held at City Hall Monday night for the development of a three-storey, 13-unit rental property at 273 Scott Avenue. The project was originally brought to council over two years ago and designs were sent back to the developer, Singla Brothers, each time for a redesign because the building was too big for the lot.
Construction of the building would also require a zoning bylaw change, because the property is currenly zoned for a duplex, not multi-unit residential building.
Council chambers were overflowing with residents and neighbours of Scott Avenue, as it was during previous hearings. Residents who spoke out to council said they were against the development because the lot is too small for the proposed project and the street already has congestion and parking problems.
It’s the “same old, same old,” said one neighbour. “A few variations on an old theme.”
Another said it’s as if the developer is trying to “shoehorn this development onto the lot. How many times do the residents of Scott Avenue have to say ‘no.'” Council ultimately voted against the project because the developer continually failed to take direction and meet council’s demands.
“Scott Avenue has reached its saturation point,” said Coun. Katie Robinson of the street that is already home to two 40-plus unit buildings. “Let’s put the neighbourhood out of its misery."
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