Apartments slated for Dartmouth waterfront
Homeowners in Wright's Cove not happy
Last Updated: Tuesday, October 5, 2010 | 9:47 AM AT Comments7Recommend3CBC News
Developers have cleared a hurdle for a 70-unit apartment building on the Dartmouth waterfront, near the busy Burnside industrial park.
The Harbour East community council approved the proposal in a 3-2 vote Monday.
The six-storey building is slated for Wright's Cove, across from the Dartmouth Yacht Club. The driveway would merge with Windmill Road, one of the area's busiest commuter routes.
The original plan called for a 12-storey complex, but it was eventually shrunk to six floors.
Even so, the municipal councillor for the area, Jim Smith, argued the development doesn't fit with the handful of houses that are there now. He voted against the plan.
"If there weren't some small residential homes there then it probably wouldn't be an issue," he said. "To me, I still don't think it's compatible with those three or four homes."
Homeowner Ed Schumacher doesn't want a 70-unit apartment complex in his neighbourhood.
"You're talking a 100-foot-high building in my backyard. There's huge privacy issues. It's not just my backyard, it's my next-door neighbour's backyard and any potential next-door neighbours," he said.
Schumacher is also worried about the potential traffic tie-ups, particularly during the morning rush hour. He said he believes the issue wasn't thoroughly considered.
Homeowners say they hope to appeal the council's decision to the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board.
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