Concerns about the proposed expansion of a Coldstream seniors residence have prompted the need for further dialogue.
With Coldstream Meadows proposing expansions to its campus of care, several neighbours have raised concerns and questions about the development. Therefore the District of Coldstream is planning to sit down with the neighbours to hear them out.
“I have questions regarding this and so do my neighbours,” said Mackie Drive resident Dave Salmon.
Access is one issue raised, as the development is proposing a zoning change which would increase the number of permitted units from 160 to 270.
“There’s only one way in and one way out,” notes neighbour Shirley Henry. “If there was a fire, there would be a disaster.”
There are currently 106 units at Coldstream Meadows (60 units at The Lodge, eight units at The Cottages and 33 units plus five commercial units at The Views). The owner is seeking to expand development with The Terraces (49 units) and would also like to prepare for future development of a licensed care facility.
Having the appropriate zoning in place would allow Coldstream Meadows to be able to respond to any future requests for proposals from the Interior Health Authority for a licensed care facility.
But there is hesitation among some about whether a licensed facility will ever make its way into Coldstream.
“This issue is a very long story, it goes back 20 years now,” said Coun. Gyula Kiss.
“A number of years have gone by, I’m not sure that I can trust that a congregate care will be built.”
However, Rob Borden, with Coldstream Meadows, assures: “We want it to be there, we need it to be there for the completion of the campus of care.”
Due to the fact that this development has raised public interest in the past, Coun. Richard Enns says council needs to hear the public’s concerns.
“I think we owe that to them,” said Enns. “If there are serious concerns we should be nipping it in the bud.”
Coun. Doug Dirk agrees: “We need to get the feedback before we start shaping this.”
Therefore no approvals or decisions are being made by council until a meeting with neighbours takes place.
The Coldstream Meadows proposal also includes dedicating a 2.2 acre-site as a community park.