New life for problem property in Westmount

The house at 1505 Collingwood Dr. burned down in January, now a developer is looking to build two duplexes on the property.

KAMLOOPS - Nearly a year after a house that was known as a problem property to neighbours went up in flames a developer is looking to build two duplexes on the site.

The Westmount house, at the corner of Collingwood Drive and Venables Place, went up in flames in January within a day of a do not occupy order being placed on the house. Concern over the poor structure meant fire crews could only work from the outside to put out the flames.

At the time one neighbour described the people who occupied the house as a constant problem. It was used as a grow op for awhile before squatters took it over. During that time petty crime in the neighbourhood increased as well.

Neighbour Mike McLean was disappointed to see the old farmhouse destroyed but was happy for the possibility of a fresh start.

That fresh start could come with the rezoning application going to public hearing on Tuesday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. The house has already been torn down and the property was recently purchased by a respected developer.

The plan is to subdivide the large property and build a duplex on each lot. The property is large enough to allow for setbacks and parking that will keep with the character of the neighbourhood. The city plans to restrict the height of the buildings to be consistent with the neighbourhood as well.

While a covenant cannot be placed on the property to restrict the number of families living in the houses, the bylaw does restrict the number of people who can live in a duplex.

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