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Fruit group wants former fruit packing area cleaned up

This former fruit packing plant is smack in the middle of downtown Naramata. A fruit co-operative wants permission of the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen board to destroy the concrete and improve the area.
Image Credit: Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen
October 01, 2013 - 12:35 PM

NARAMATA - If the concrete bones of a former fruit packing plant are put to rest it will leave the area "far more appealing."

The Okanagan Tree Fruits Co-operative wants the permission of the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen board, which meets on Thursday, to tear up the concrete foundations just north of Robinson Road in downtown Naramata and pile the crushed materials on site. The 1.8 hectare area has been vacant and fenced off following the demolition of several on-site buildings. The crushing of concrete is not a permitted use for that zone so the co-operative is asking an exception be made.

Surrounding the site are homes and an accommodation business, chief administrative officer Bill Newell says. A few steps away is the Naramata waterfront area. The co-operative wants to use a crusher with thick steel walls to muffle the sound, a loader to feed the machine and set up a sprinkler system to control possible dust problems.

The work will be done Monday to Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. if the board approves the plan.

"Once the work is completed, it will leave the site in a far more appealing condition for residents," Newell concludes.

To contact a reporter for this story, to send photos or videos, email Shannon Quesnel at squesnel@infotelnews.ca, call 250-488-3065, tweet @shannonquesnel1 or @InfoNewsPentict

A fruit co-operative wants to destroy a 1.8 hectare concrete slab, circled in red, located right in downtown Naramata.
A fruit co-operative wants to destroy a 1.8 hectare concrete slab, circled in red, located right in downtown Naramata.
Image Credit: Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen

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