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District cleans up property
Efforts are underway to clean up a property next to Lavington’s park and school.
Fire broke out in a garage on School Road Jan. 4 and no efforts have been made to secure the property.
“There’s squatters in there,” said Bob Bibby, Coldstream’s building official.
“They caused the fire cooking or doing whatever they were doing. The fire-damaged garage now presents an immediate hazard to the children in the neighbourhood as they have free access to the property.”
Coldstream has issued a remedial action order to have the accessory building demolished after failed attempts to contact the owner.
The owner has 30 days to demolish the building, after which the district can have the work completed at the owner’s expense or the costs will be applied as lien on the land.
That may occur since the owner has gone into receivership and the property’s been foreclosed on.
Massive home start
What is likely the single most expensive home in Coldstream is under construction.
The $3.5 million, 13,000-square-foot, single-family house is being built on Kinloch Drive.
“It’s two lots with full lot coverage, it’s maxed out,” said Bob Bibby, Coldstream’s building official.
The multi-million-dollar home is under construction by Bercum Builders and boasts 6,500 square feet per floor.
This single home makes up more than half of the value of all building permits issued in March. A total of 14 permits were issued - five single-family dwellings, two renovations, three accessory buildings and four other with a total construction value of $6.01 million.
“This compares to 10 permits and a construction value of $2,367,200 for the same month last year,” said Bibby in his report.
Building stats are on an upward trend so far for 2014, with five more housing units than the same period in 2013.
Construction value also exceeds 2013 year-to-date totals by more than $5.5 million.