The Minaki on the River project may be moving forward soon.
Last month, the Ontario Municipal Board put a hold on development plans for the project, after an appeal by cottagers who were concerned about the environmental impact. In the decision, the board said they weren't satisfied the plans for communal sewage treatment, and didn’t think that it would be sufficient.
Now, developers behind the project are appealing the ruling, noting that there is the potential that the OMB made a mistake.
David Banman, spokesman for Minaki on the River, detailed why the developers have decided to rescind the appeal.
“We applied to the Ontario Court of Appeals to rescind the appeal, and start over again in terms of approving the project the way it was. They need to decide if there was a mistake made by the OMB. We still do have the certificate to operate that sewage system, we can still do that, just not the way we wanted to. The difference, is that people were going to have a condo title, and now people might have to have a lease situation. It’s just a different form for the project,”
Banman noted that the property can have a maximum of 161 units built and that hopefully, the construction can start soon.
“I think that starting to build 'soon' has been our hope for seven years. Soon is a relative term. Everything takes time to work itself out. We are definitely looking at options to build shortly, rather than waiting for another six or seven years,” he said.
The project received approval by the province in April 2016. The property has been unused since a fire at the former lodge in 2003.
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