[quote=“midge”]If people think that this is a “Graham/Beach/Water St issue”, you need to give your heads a shake… That’s a bad attitude, for one, and it’s completely ignorant of the complexity of issues surrounding Pinnacle Pellet and their site, for another. Yes, having 7 x 200 ft silos in front of my house will spoil my view, and that’s a real bummer, but let us put that aside for a moment… What really aggravates me about this thread, is the misguided attitude that myself and my neighbours deserve to see our neighbourhood turned into an industrial wasteland because we CHOSE to live in a “traditionally” industrial neighbourhood… huh??
My husband and I bought our house about 10 years ago, right about the time that the pulp mill was going TU… We must have looked for over a year, at about 70-80 (maybe more!) houses, before we found this beautiful 5 bedroom house on lower Graham Avenue… WOW! The owner was a mill employee and he had another mortgage as well as this one, so he sold us this house cheap (hmm, now I know why)… What fools we were, buying a beautiful house, lots of bedrooms for the kids, a school nearby, an ocean view, and inexpensive to boot… yes, we were told that the Port owned the land across the lane. Did we (or I, I guess I should say) know that the land was designated “light industrial”? No, I did not… I had never even heard the term “light industrial” until last week… Moreover, I didn’t really care! All I cared about was that, I got a cheap house on the waterfront… yay me!
But all that is beside the point.
What really bothers me is the opinion of some, that my kids health and well being, and my neighbours kids health and well being don’t really matter as much as the rest of the children in Prince Rupert, because we bought cheap houses on the waterfront… We deserve to see the value of our homes plummet by at least 60%, leaving us with absolutely NO resale value, because we were arrogant enough to buy adjacent to port land… I guess we should just shut up and take our lumps… thank you very much for your support… That’s a very dangerous attitude to have… I sure hope I’m around to see the day when you need someone at your back ‘btthedog’, because, rest assured, It won’t be me… I’m gonna sell my house cheap and get the hell out of town!!
Listen, I feel for you really I do it sucks. HOWEVER, the land has been designated for industrial for years and years I mean theres a bloody rail yard there sure its been all but dead until recently but…
Your realtor was obviously terrible and negligent as they should have and were legally obligated to inform you that your property was next to industrial zoned land. I am looking to purchase a house and have had to skip a few “deals” because they were next to industrial zoned land and I do not want to be potentially faced with the exact issue you are now facing.
You admittedly got a deal when you purchased your house so should you decide to sell you should be able to at least recoup your costs otherwise it was not much of a deal. Sure your house would be worth less if this project went ahead but frankly that was the risk you took when you purchased where you did. You need to put the blame for any depreciated value where it belongs on yourself or your realtor. When purchasing a house you need to do your due diligence ESPECIALLY when its a “deal”.
Again, I feel for you its a shitty break but one that should have been part of the risk assessment you did when making the purchase.