To the editor:
We moved to Kelowna four years ago after spending almost two decades in Europe. I am a pilot and my job is truly global. We had the opportunity to live anywhere on the planet but we chose Kelowna due to its very good reputation as a city that was big enough to provide all the necessities and comforts of modern life but small enough to raise our two boys in a safe environment.
I never expected to run into the same questionable dealings that I saw in the former east bloc countries, here in Canada.
The proposed new phase in the Green Square development is insane. First, we were assured that the developer was planning a development that was eco-friendly with lots of natural spaces and greenery. We accepted that there would be some additional development to fill in the rest of the construction site but never imagined that the density of the development would be pushing legal limits. The initial proposal that the developer was outlining for us involved additional townhouses and/or low rise condominium buildings that would fit in with the local neighbourhood. The current proposal is totally unacceptable. If we were made aware of the developer’s intention to push legal limits on density and to build these monstrosities in the future, rest assured we would not have bought our townhouse.
It is totally immoral to lower property values in the neighbourhood by building the equivalent of an urban ghetto. Putting so many people in such a small area by going ‘vertical’ still doesn’t solve the infrastructure issues. Parking, or lack thereof is an ongoing issue. We have three visitor parking spaces for dozens of units. Homeowners on adjacent streets are in an uproar due to the huge increase in local traffic and parking issues. Fire safety is an issue as we saw first hand by the meltdown of the two Water Edge buildings this summer.
We are not opposed to any more reasonable development in the area. We would like the council and the developer to agree on providing more safety and infrastructure such as parks and parking along with reduced vertical development and less population density of the new phase of Green Square development. Troika representatives mentioned that we could always sell our home and move some place else, but we consider Kelowna-Lower Mission our home and we hope the future for our children is here.
Joe and Marketa Kraus, Kelowna