By RTH Staff
Published October 05, 2010
Ward 3 Councillor Bernie Morelli has responded to RTH in the matter of the Pearl Company situation, in which the City has charged the owners of the arts centre and theatre at 16 Steven St with violating the industrial building's residential zoning.
The owners, Gary Santucci and Barbara Milne, maintain that their facility is a legal, non-conforming use and that if they start the process of applying for rezoning, their total charges and fees will be well in excess of $100,000.
Mr. Morelli was quoted in a recent Spectator article saying, "Like anything else of this kind, there is a process that you have to go through. Sure it can be frustrating, but you must work through it, follow it. It works in most cases."
Morelli replied today to the email request from RTH for more details on his response.
I remain available and prepared to advocate on behalf of any potential investors / entrepreneurs and do so each and every day. A number of companies and individuals have worked with myself and the system and are doing very well.
There is a necessary process and most work within it. Most do and many have been successful as they work through the necessary steps required by law - laws which are in place to protect the overall good of the community.
One needs only to apply and I along with many others on staff are prepared to work hard to make the right things happen - And, they usually do!
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