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Packing house site work approved

The Regional District Okanagan Similkameen board on Thursday approved a permit allowing for work on the packing house site in Naramata.

The temporary use permit was requested by the BC Tree Fruits Cooperative, so they could crush concrete structures remaining at the location on Robinson Avenue.

"The permit passed, so they can proceed," said RDOS Naramata director Karla Kozakevich. "We just wanted them to wait until after Thanksgiving, because the neighbouring Naramata Heritage Inn is booked up that weekend."

Kozakevich said they can put equipment in place prior to that date, just not start the actual crushing of the concrete pad and footings until Oct. 15.

The work itself should only take a couple of weeks and the applicants have until the end of December to get it done.

"Their goal is to get it done before it starts snowing, and they already have a contractor in place," said Kozakevich. "I know they want to get it cleaned up, so it looks better."

The old packing house was demolished in 2011, and the site in the heart of Naramata village has been fenced in since.

Kozakevich said she was pleased something is finally being done on the property, because it is both unsafe and an eyesore.

"I am glad they are moving ahead," she said. "I really want to see this get done."

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