LETTER: Too many questions about Oliver Landing

LETTER: Too many questions about Oliver Landing

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Despite rumours, the Oliver Landing project is moving forward. (Facebook/OliverLanding)

It’s interesting that rumours and rumblings are being listed as some of the reasons for delays for the Oliver Landing project. I would put serious question to the credibility that they are merely rumours.

Why, after months of the stop work order lifting has there been almost no site activity? Why is the developer blaming subcontracting? Are they not in charge of hiring the people they need and that are qualified?

In the whole of the Okanagan Valley they can’t find good contractors? Everyone else seems to be able to find them just fine, so why does Oliver Landing have all the bad luck?

If their development is of such high quality why would they have been slapped with a stop work order? They have been quoted as saying they have had to educate the Town of Oliver building inspector. Educate about what exactly?

If Oliver Landing is having issues, what will Oliver Heights be like if it gets started?

A development that isn’t developing usually has troubles financially, which is linked to buyer confidence in their product and or labour shortages.

I find it odd that the town building inspector needed to be educated about spray foam insulation, which has been around for a while now.

The old adage of where there is smoke there is fire seems to be very apt for the “rumours” of this project/developer. I really have to question if Oliver Landing is truly what it projects itself to be to the community.

Shawn Hathaway, Oliver

2 COMMENTS

  1. Shawn,

    I would encourage you to contact our company rather than speculating on what is happening with Oliver Landing. It is interesting that this is the third time you have written questioning editorials on our company, without contacting us. Why don’t you contact us with your questions? I am an one of the owners of the company and I would be more than willing to give you a tour of the project and some frank insights on the challenges of creating some much needed housing in the region.

    Regards,
    Leahann Nordin, Marketing Director/Managing Partner
    Oliver Landing

  2. These questions are clearly ones that others have voiced about your project and ones that appear you are very much aware of. Instead of going person to person, I’m sure you can address these rumors in much greater detail publicly for all to read. Inquiry is indeed what people will do when a project has stalled with extremely little detail on the reasons for the prolonged stoppage past the stop work order. It is my hope to make readers more critical thinkers about what exactly we take as face value facts and to question what merits further investigation.

    It is not speculation that you have called half the contractors in the okanagan unfit to work for you.

    It is not speculation that there has been extremely little to no work being done on site for months.

    It is not speculation that your sales have not changed in months and your reservations have dropped in that same time period.

    It is not speculation that you are blaming subcontracting for a good portion of delays in your project. Which again do not seem to be plaguing other projects in the valley to the same degree it does yours.

    It is not speculation that your partial sales of each phase are abnormal in the approach to development of like projects. This does and will promote valid questioning on the reasons for it. Just saying “Because we want to” is extremely lacking on the business logic behind it such a move. This will also promote inquiries into your development practices.

    It is not speculation to question your second purposed project, when your first has hit major setbacks already.

    It is not speculation to raise questions on the nature and progress of project in the community.
    It is not speculation that you have been quoted as saying you are educating the town on building practices, but have yet to state in any great detail what that is.

    If you wish to engage the public on this topic, an article in the paper is a much more effective way to address those concerned about your project more meaningfully. An article addressing each concern, question, rumor, and or speculation in detail publicly would help inform those interested. If the contractors are such a problem and the concerns about them are valid ones. Then informing the public of the how, why, and who would only help the public make better choices in contractors. It would also I feel reaffirm why and what high standards your project is meeting. It would also go a long ways to establishing a greater buyer trust in your development and brand. If you wish to provide information to answer the concerns about your project, I would encourage you to do so publicly so that all readers can make their opinions on what you provide. I would also encourage you to engage the local paper to take a tour of your project and show them firsthand what your high standards are, what issues the contractors created for you, what you have had to fix, what exactly you are “educating” the town on, and how this has changed your project going forwards. Again if you wish to inform the community about your sales contracts you are more than welcome to make them public for the community to read and look over in the paper. I look forward to reading the news article covering this.

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