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Big Martin Street development delayed again

Penticton city council was packed Monday night with people looking for answers for various issues. David Ure (right) listens to discussion on a Martin Street development project.
May 07, 2013 - 11:08 AM

A developer was happy and a neighbour was upset over another delay to a large Martin Street building project.

"We are dead set against an extension of time," David Ure said to Penticton city council Monday night. "Rezone it back to what it was."

Ure owns property on Martin Street on the opposite side of a paid parking lot where a 23-storey high-rise was slated to be built by P2 Developments. So far not a single brick has been laid. Work was stopped in 2010 when Transport Canada took issue over the height of the proposed building possibly interfering with air traffic coming to and from Penticton's airport.

Ure said rezone the land and sell it to another developer. "Let's start all over again and get something done."

Council voted to give P2 Developments a three-year extension which is the same length of time Transport Canada needs to make a ruling or find a solution. The deadline to start construction is now December 2017. The deadline to start the final phase of the four-phase project is December 2022.

Coun. John Vassilaki hoped progress can be made if Transport Canada gives the green light.

"When they get the OK (I hope) they get off their behind to get the project done."

To contact a reporter for this story, email Shannon Quesnel at, call 250-488-3065 or tweet @shannonquesnel1

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