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No homeowners pull out of Cheakamus Crossing

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The controversy over the asphalt plant located next to the Cheakamus Crossing employee housing project has not resulted in any homeowners pulling out of the project, according to Frances David of Whistler Real Estate Company.

"We had a bit of fallout of people who didn't put second deposits down, but basically it was for financial reasons and nothing to do with the asphalt plant. We're still selling (Cheakamus Crossing) and now have four properties left," David said Wednesday.

The deadline for the second deposit was extended to give homeowners more time to make a final decision, but has since passed. Any homeowners pulling out at this point will forfeit their deposit.

That's not to say there isn't concern, but David said most of the attention is directed at council and that the WREC is not involved in the dispute.

Last week, after obtaining a legal opinion, council said they might not be able to force the owner of the asphalt plant to move operations by June 1 as promised in December. As well, the municipality does not have the up to $2 million required to pay for the move, or to upgrade the plant to clean up emissions.

Asphalt is a mixture of gravel and oil that is blended at high temperatures and kept hot until it can be used. There is a strong odour associated with the process, as well as concerns about air quality.

Council said they were continuing to work with the asphalt plant owner on a compromise that would move the plant to another location further away from the Cheakamus Crossing neighbourhood.

 

 

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