REPORTING · 24th March 2014
A work camp is going to be built in the Kildala Neighbourhood. At Council on Monday, March 17th, Council approved development permit for both a work camp to construct the PTI Lodge on Loganberry and the construction plan of Lodge itself.
Councillor Rob Goffinet explained the camp trailers will be located in a segregated part of the PTI property and will only be there to create the lodge. The Lodge building will be a different colour then the trailers.
The work camp will house 300 workers who will be constructing the 2183 room lodge. The temporary construction site has to be removed by the 31st of March, 2016. The PTI Lodge will be constructed in five phases: 1: the camp, 2: main lodge and eleven 109 person rooms, 3: four 72 person rooms, 4: four 174 person rooms, 5: the recreation area and landscaping. The camp will be removed in or before phase 5.
Council was issued two letters from local residents, neither were pleased to have the work camp located in their neighbourhood.
Glen Guoliang wrote Council to let them know that Strawberry Meadows has the potential to be the high end of the community, a place where management from the companies to settle down.
“This complex built nearby will demolish the value of adjacent property tremendously since it would present traffic, noise and potentially safety concerns. This is not something that city should do. So personally, I would reject the proposal of building this temporary worker accommodation complex on this location,” wrote Guoliang.
A ‘concerned citizen who wishes to remain anonymous’ also wrote Council letting them know they were not happy with the project but, because there was nothing they could do, suggested the District build a sidewalk up Quatsino and joining with the sidewalk on Loganberry.
Council discussed putting in a sidewalk here as every other major thoroughfare in Kitimat has a sidewalk alongside it. Goffinet stated the APC discussed this. They are in discussions about other sidewalks in this area which are not being used and the boulevard which a path being etched into the ground, the preferred route.
The motion was called and carried.