In response to “Builder faces charges” article in the Whig-Standard
31 Aug 2017
We as a Brokerage, would like to formally reply to the Whig-Standard article titled “Builder faces charges” written by Ian MacAlpine and published in the Kingston Whig-Standard, on Tuesday, August 29, 2017.
- The article prominently features Gordon Marantz, a neighbouring resident on the front cover. This individual has nothing to do with the development.
- “The project’s sales centre located on the site was closed Monday…” The Sales Centre is closed every Monday, unless booked by appointment. The inference implies that the sales centre has shut down and this is false. The hours are Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 to 4:00 pm, as clearly posted on the photo of the sign displayed in the article.
- “The Whig-Standard was unable to reach the developer…” Ian MacAlpine confirmed that the Whig-Standard did not reach the developers directly as they apparently could not find a contact number. The developer was; however, contacted by CKWS TV and was more than pleased to respond.
- “There have also been issues with site plan approvals, various delays in getting the project going and the sturdiness of putting two large condominium towers on a pier built more than a hundred years ago.” To reference the pier sturdiness is irresponsible. The developer hired WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff – a highly respected engineering firm – to review the pier structure and is working together with an award winning architect in the design. The developer is just now finalizing the site plan application for submission and has met with the city. We asked Mr. MacAlpine the basis for this statement and have yet to receive a reply.
The Whig Standard has a history of covering new Kingston developments in a negative light. Developments of this stature require hundreds of thousands of dollars and countless hours in regards to soft costs, planning and development, research, reports and more. We can only wish that The Whig-Standard put more effort into covering a story like this.
To preview the Whig-Standard article referenced, click here.