Apart­ment re­zon­ing was wrong call

The Prince George Citizen - - FRONT PAGE -

Re: Ed­i­to­rial ti­tled “Right lo­ca­tion, right call,” Oct. 26.

As a Col­lege Heights res­i­dent for more then 29 years and a res­i­dent of Prince Ge­orge for more then 60 years, you are not cor­rect in say­ing that coun­cil’s ap­proval of build­ing two six-storey apart­ments on O’Grady Road was the “right lo­ca­tion, right call.”

It’s the “wrong lo­ca­tion and wrong call.” This will be re­flected in the next civic elec­tions. Col­lege Heights res­i­dents are known for their com­mu­nity spirit and this de­ci­sion will not be for­got­ten.

A to­tal of 167 ren­tal units can eas­ily trans­late to over 500 peo­ple (tran­sient in na­ture).

Just up the road south bound and down the road north­bound; about a five to ten minute walk in ei­ther di­rec­tion are es­tab­lished neigh­bor­hoods with homes rang­ing from 400 to 500 plus thou­sand dol­lars in value. Homes built on the premise that the neigh­bor­hood would be sin­gle fam­ily dwelling homes in na­ture.

Now city coun­cil goes about chang­ing the com­mu­nity plan to ac­com­mo­date apart­ment build­ings that changes the dy­nam­ics of that whole area and may have an af­fect on home val­ues.

So why have a com­mu­nity plan when it can be changed willynilly? There has been men­tion that we must con­sider in­vestor’s in­ter­ests. That’s a good point, but are not home own­ers in­vestors? For most peo­ple a home is the big­gest in­vest­ment they will ever make. Does not the city have re­spon­si­bil­ity to pro­tect those in­vest­ments?

Two six-storey apart­ment build­ings in that lo­ca­tion, which will stick out like a sore thumb, is not “re­spon­si­ble mod­ern hous­ing.” If any­thing, the city should get the de­vel­oper to build smaller homes some­thing like the ones just down the hill on Do­mano across from Col­lege Heights sec­ondary, I’m sure there would be peo­ple lined up to buy. Ed­ward J. Deni­cola

Prince Ge­orge

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