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Saturday, September 30, 2023
Letter: Three-storey apartment will be detrimental to neighbours
Letter to the editor. File

Dear editor:

The letter in last week’s edition “NOTL needs to reject King St. apartment” highlights an issue that should have us all worried.

No one living in this neighbourhood ever considered that a condo building would be approved in the King Street backyards of numbers 727 and 733.

The builder, Josh Bice, indicated to us that he planned to construct a single-family home.

The merging of the three rear yards was granted by the town’s committee of adjustment with the condition attached that a single-family home was to be built, and that it could occupy no more than 15 per cent of the square footage of the lot.

Sadly for us and the committee of adjustment, we fell for it, hook, line and sinker.

Now we are in the fight of our lives as we try to save our retirement homes from a three-storey building, 16 feet from one home and 20 feet from another on Meritage Lane.

When Mr. Bice was asked to wait for a response from the town regarding the trees on the back part of the lot, he responded saying, “It’s my lot, I can do what I want.”

The consulting planners did not conduct an impact study on Meritage Lane. Why not, we asked. The answer: We didn’t think it was necessary.

Why are developers allowed to choose sites for intensification? Should not this be the responsibility of the town?

Harold Asikyan

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