In July, Merritt City Council adopted a pair of amendments to the Official City Plan (OCP) and Zoning Bylaw clearing the path for the Walters Street development to proceed.
The four-story 75-unit residential building had been a hotly debated topic over the summer in the Merritt area, culminating with a lengthy public hearing in June.
With the lot still lying vacant as the calendar flips to October, Q101 caught up with Developer Irfan Sonawala to discuss a new timeline for the project.
“I’m not going to hold up, I want to get this thing done. It’s a one-month job to get the foundation in, just the footing and foundation wall,” said Irfan. “It can be done, even if it’s cold, we can still pour the concrete in the footings.”
Irfan said currently the team is awaiting the formal building permit from the City of Merritt, which he expects to receive this week. If the permit is approved this week, he expects to have trucks on-site next week.
Another holdup for Irfan has been the search for local contractors to join the build. From the beginning, Irfan has stressed wanting to employ Merrittonians to complete the work, but that hasn’t been easy.
With framing and concrete work on the horizon, Irfan’s team is still looking to bolster its ranks.
“We will bring the machines and everything, but we’d like to find local people with experience and knowledge,” added Irfan.
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