Building permit finally approved

November 15th, 2011

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If you have walked / biked / or driven past our store during the last few months it would be fair for you to think we had closed down based on the amount of scaffolding and hoarding in front of our building.

Unfortunately the scaffolding needed to go up to assess the state of the windows, and stayed up during the entire permit process. Now that the permit was finally approved yesterday everyone is scrambling to get the exterior work finished before the winter, and to our dismay the facade work won’t be completed until January.

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Through the whole permit process you find yourself starting to loathe the bureaucrats at city hall. The act of simply stamping a piece of paper that had already been approved by two other people should not take 8 weeks to do. The worst thing is you try to be nice with them, because you know if they sense attitude your project might end up at the bottom of the pile.

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At the end of the day, news of the approval made us more optimistic. Things are happening upstairs and there is a new energy to get the ball rolling on everything. We have come to terms that the renovation won’t be completed in time for the baby, but in the end it will all be worth it.

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A plywood slide to carry down all of the debris to the lower roof. Not the easiest site to work on!

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Hopefully the updates in the future will start to look less like an industrial work site.

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