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Friday, December 9, 2022
Letter: Residents also find construction hoarding unsightly

Dear editor:

It is not at all surprising that the long-term construction hoarding on Queen Street erected by Solmar (developer Benny Marott) and Niacon in place now for about six years is an ongoing source of consternation for town council, (“Queen Street hoarding raises ire of NOTL councillors,” March 18, The Lake Report).

It is also a source of consternation and irritation for many local town residents who view this hoarding as an eyesore that detracts from the image of Niagara-on-the-Lake as a historical and welcoming tourist location.

I think that I can safely speak for many when I agree with and support the creation of a bylaw by council that gives time limits on the use of hoarding and provides for strong penalties that discourage abuse.

The simple fact that neither Solmar (Marotta) or Niacon responded to your request to comment on this issue is a good indication of an unco-operative attitude on their part toward the local town residents.

In the case of Niacon, the property owner has presumably been compensated for a loss by fire in order to rebuild, whereas Solmar (Marotta), whose credibility is well-known and documented, again contradicts his past claims of being a concerned and responsible local resident who is interested in adding to the beauty of Niagara-on-the-Lake through his developments.

In both cases, according to The Lake Report, they appear to offer only the weak argument of COVID-19 as an excuse for years of delay.

Unfortunately, in the meantime, we have no choice but to live with the hoarding.

Derek Collins