Height of controversy
Re: Muffler-site height conceded, Feb. 28.
The statement, “The extra two feet had been requested following a miscalculation – missed by the city and developer alike – that led to residential units of one building being designed to start below the floodplain” is incorrect.
The extra two feet for Building 1, facing Marine Drive, had nothing to do with the floodplain miscalculation. It was all about getting more height to add an additional floor. Only Building 2, at Oxford and Buena Vista, was impacted by the miscalculation.
The developer had also removed green space and added a townhouse block which made the development far more densely packed with buildings than the original approved proposal.
Cindy McMullen, White Rock
Editor’s note: According to the city, the two-foot request was triggered by the floodplain miscalculation, reportedly to “balance” the resulting difference in building heights.