What’s derelict to some are dream homes to others

Dear editor,

I applaud James Connelly for his reply to Mr. Morrison’s letter of June 19, (Derelict houses a sore sight for eyes).

I pass by the Nickel Bros. houses for re-use  almost daily and find nothing whatsoever offensive about them. They are not derelict, as Mr. Morrison claims, but are the dream homes for someone wanting to get into home ownership for the first time.

What I do find offensive is the sight for sore eyes a few hundred metres away, namely the former Field’s sawmill site.

I find it offensive for two reasons. The first is that the owner has left a prime piece of real estate to fester now that it has served that owner’s commercial needs.

But, even more offensive is that the mill was purchased while still operational and not only closed, for whatever economic reasons, but demolished, thus preventing any further use.

I hope that the City of Courtenay is going beyond the collection of taxes on the site and vigorously requiring its owners to transform it from the festering eyesore that it is into a space that, at least, matches the attractiveness of the other entrances to the city.

Frank Burden

Comox Valley


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