Shop design proves unpopular

The design of Coldstream’s proposed mechanic shop has turned some politicians off.

Just weeks before residents are set to vote on it, the design of Coldstream’s proposed mechanic shop has turned some politicians off.

Looking over a 3D rendering of the building, complete with decorative corners and brick facing, Coun. Doug Dirk suggests the design is a little much for a shop housing tools and machinery.

“I don’t think that supports us as being as efficient as possible with funds,” said Dirk, of the architect’s rendering.

His main concern is having voters turned off by the design and not voting in favour at the Nov. 19 referendum to borrow the $1.335 million for the project.

“That is just like a red herring thrown in there and it will create a little flack,” said Dirk.

With flyers set to be distributed to residents next week, a new rendering is being sought.

The drawing also struck Coun. Richard Enns as exaggerated, due to the setting of the building in front of an orchard.

“I looked at the trees around it and said, where the heck is that? It was just something that struck me as very odd.”

Along with information from the flyer, residents can learn about the project at an open house Oct. 26 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the municipal office.

Coun. Gyula Kiss says the mechanic shop and site works are a necessary improvement to an aging structure causing environmental and work safety concerns.

Some residents have questioned keeping the works yard right in Coldstream’s ‘town centre’, but Kiss says the location off Aberdeen Road is ideal.

“The people that go out and clear your roads, they need to have a central location,” said Kiss, of workers clearing snow from College Way to Lavington.