Council approves variances for new four-story apartment complex

By on March 8, 2018
An aerial shot showing where the proposed 28-unit apartment building would be situated in Diamond Vale. (Photo courtesy of the City of Merritt).

Merritt’s city council granted a parking variance for a four-storey apartment complex set to go up beside Clapperton Manor in Diamond Vale.

Alkon Investments, which owns Clapperton Manor, is building an additional 28-unit rental building next to it, for which council unanimously approved allowing fewer parking stalls, loading areas and handicap parking than required at its Feb. 27 meeting.

The variance grants a reduction in parking stalls from 86 to 76, and loading spaces from five to two.

Alkon had originally been seeking a variance that slashed the number of handicap stalls from nine to two, but council amended the document to require five spaces before proceeding to public notice after its Feb. 13 meeting.

A letter from Alkon to the city’s planning and development manager Mark Broderick states that while the parking lot is short a few spaces, the width of Clapperton Avenue could accommodate approximately 16 vehicles.

The building would be the first new apartment building in Merritt since the 35-unit Kengard Manor that went up in flames in 2017. The fire left about 60 people in search of new homes.

“I think we are really short on housing and I think this will [aid] the housing crisis that we have here,” Coun. Linda Brown told her fellow councillors at the Feb. 27 meeting.

The building is being constructed with retirees in mind, stated the letter from Alkon Investments.

One Comment

  1. Scott Ricker

    March 9, 2018 at 2:40 am

    And yet those who are disabled are not welcome! Its a deeply rooted culture of ignorance & hate

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