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White Rock Mufflers site on agenda
White Rock residents are once again being invited to comment on proposed plans for the White Rock Mufflers site.
An information meeting set for 5-7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 is to collect input on a zoning amendment application that would, if approved, allow an increase in the number of parking spaces proposed for the residential/commercial project to 102 from 84, and reduce the number of residential units sought, to 62 from 67.
In addition to the muffler site – at 14807 Marine Dr. – the project is eyed to encompass 1184 Oxford St., and 14818 to 14832 Buena Vista Ave.
Wednesday's meeting at the White Rock Community Centre (15154 Russell Ave.) is planned as an open-house format, with a display to outline details of the proposed development.
Previous plans – submitted by Georgia Laine Developments – raised height and traffic-congestion concerns with area residents.
An email advising of the Nov. 14 meeting sent out by one of those residents suggests a change in the site's ownership that occurred in August, combined with the request for a zoning amendment, has not eased those concerns.
"We need to find out how these amendments will alter the overall project," Hollie Whitehead writes. "Where are they coming up with nearly 20 new parking spaces?"
The White Rock Mufflers property changed hands on Aug. 28 for a reported $4.5 million. In announcing the sale, NAI Commercial confirmed two additional lots on Buena Vista Avenue were sold to the same, unspecified purchaser.
Richard Saunders, former co-owner of White Rock Mufflers, told Peace Arch News in September that he understood the new ownership is taking over the Georgia Laine proposal.