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Complaint raised over toilet on Summerland development site

Construction has not yet started on multi-unit housing project on Dickson Avenue
A portable toilet is set up on a Dickson Avenue property in Summerland. While a development is planned for this property, construction is not progressing at present. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

A Dickson Avenue resident who lives close to the site of a new four-storey development in Summerland is raising a stink about a portable toilet at the construction site.

Dean Skoreyko said the toilet had been brought onto the construction site six months ago. The former Legion Village buildings have been torn down, but construction has not yet started on the new development.

However, the toilet is still on the property.

The property, at 13609 Dixon Ave., was formerly the site of Legion Village. Parkdale Place Housing Society has purchased the land and buildings and is using the property for the construction of a development to provide seniors with affordable housing. Previously, Legion Village had been a 24-townhouse development.

Brad Dollevoet, director of development services for Summerland, said it is normal to have a portable toilet at a construction site. In fact, it is a requirement to have washroom facilities during construction.

At present, construction has not started at this site and the applicant has not received the building permit required.

In late March, the project was one of many announced for the interior and northern B.C. through the Homes for People action plan.

The development proposal is for 90 homes for seniors and people living with disabilities, in partnership with Parkdale Place Housing Society. The development will also include 806 square metres of health services spaces, providing space for 16 family physicians or nurse practitioners, as well as spaces for visiting specialists and Interior Health specialized services.

In the summer of 2022, at a public hearing about the new development, Skoreyko voiced his opposition to the project and its effect on the Cedar Estates strata, on the same street.

“We fiercely, fiercely oppose this development as planned,” he said at the time.

He added that the height of the development will affect other buildings on the street, and traffic on the narrow street will also be affected once the project is completed.

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John Arendt

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John Arendt has worked as a journalist for more than 30 years. He has a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Journalism degree from Ryerson Polytechnical Institute.
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