Heavy equipment sits idle at a Vidal Street construction site last week

Heavy equipment sits idle at a Vidal Street construction site last week

White Rock highrise developer pays $1,400 in fines

A stop-work order issued last week to the developer behind the City of White Rock’s next highrise was lifted two days later.

A stop-work order issued last week to the developer behind the City of White Rock’s next highrise was lifted two days later, officials confirmed.

But city manager Dan Bottrill said he’s still troubled by the fact there were any issues at all.

“When you’re in that business, you should have an awareness of the rules that you need to operate under,” Bottrill said. “It’s not that hard.”

Vancouver-based Cressey was ordered Sept. 17 to halt demolition work that was underway on a Vidal Street site to clear space for a temporary “stick-frame” sales centre.

Lots at 1467-1519 Vidal St. are to eventually be home to a 12-storey project that includes 12 townhouses and 97 apartments.

Bottrill said Wednesday that the stop-work order was lifted the previous Friday, after approximately $1,400 in fines levied in connection with the unauthorized work had been paid, and a demolition permit issued.

The permit had been in process at the time of the “multiple infractions.” Work resumed in short order, and neighbours report the site has been busy since the weekend.

As of Peace Arch News’ press deadline Wednesday afternoon, one issue – regarding signage that violated the city’s sign bylaw – remained unresolved. Cressey officials were given until the end of Sept. 24 to comply.

The 12-storey project received a narrow go-ahead last fall, when council voted 4-3 to approve zoning and Official Community Plan amendments that cleared the way.

The temporary commercial-use permit needed to construct the sales centre was approved in July.

Calls to Cressey’s Vancouver office were not returned by PAN’s deadline yesterday afternoon.


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