The parking lot next to the South Cariboo Business Centre on Birch Avenue is badly damaged after the spring melt. (Melissa Smalley - 100 Mile Free Press)

The parking lot next to the South Cariboo Business Centre on Birch Avenue is badly damaged after the spring melt. (Melissa Smalley - 100 Mile Free Press)

Enbridge to review parking lot woes at South Cariboo Business Centre

Parking lot at the South Cariboo Business Centre has three gas pipelines running below the surface

Owners of a busy 100 Mile House parking lot in need of repair are facing delays due to gas pipelines running underneath the pavement.

The parking lot at the South Cariboo Business Centre on Birch Avenue was badly damaged following the spring melt, according to building owner Konrad Schmid-Meil, with sections taped off due to the cracked and uneven pavement.

While seeking quotes to repair the lot, management discovered there are three gas pipelines running below the surface of the pavement, two belonging to Enbridge and one to Pembina.

When building management reached out to the gas companies, they were told they had to submit permit applications prior to starting any work. The permits were submitted more than three weeks ago, according to an email sent by management to the building’s tenants Tuesday afternoon.

Enbridge had responded to their permit application indicating it would have to do a site visit before the work could be approved.

READ MORE: Cedar Ave by hospital closed due to sinkhole

After what Schmid-Meil described as “a lot of back and forth,” between his building management and Enbridge, a site visit is scheduled for today, Thursday, May 20.

“Finally they are coming out to look at it and hopefully take it more seriously,” Schmid-Meil said, noting he had concerns about the lot’s safety given its current state.

“We have had a lot of complaints about the parking situation, there is not enough room for everyone who needs to park.”

A representative from Enbridge confirmed a site visit would occur “to determine where the pipeline is relative to where the work will be taking place.”

Further inquiries to Enbridge about the assessment process, the timeline of repairs and the possible safety risks of the pipeline location were not answered by Free Press deadline.

Todd Conway, director of community services with the District of 100 Mile House said while the parking lot is on private property, the district has offered to help Schmid-Meil navigate the “time-consuming” process of coordinating with Enbridge. He added he would be attending the site visit this week with the building management and Enbridge.

“To give you an idea of how long it can take, it took two months for us to get permission to do the work at the (South Cariboo) Visitor Centre this year,” Conway said.



melissa,smalley@100milefreepress.net

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

100 Mile House

 

The parking lot next to the South Cariboo Business Centre on Birch Avenue is badly damaged after the spring melt. (Melissa Smalley - 100 Mile Free Press)

The parking lot next to the South Cariboo Business Centre on Birch Avenue is badly damaged after the spring melt. (Melissa Smalley - 100 Mile Free Press)

Just Posted

Miguel and Krista Vieira are looking forward to being able to spend more time with their girls Makayla, left, and Hanna. (Mandy McLelland Photography - submitted).
70 Mile General Store owners moving on

Change comes after 34 years in the family

Sophie Rywaczuk mixes cake batter while making a birthday cake for a client. (Photo submitted)
Young entrepreneurs set up shop, sell local wares

Farmers’ market launching pad for young bakers

Jasmine Kreschuk, PSO's music director, speaks to Grade 5 and 6 students at 100 Mile Elementary about changes to the band program. (Melissa Smalley photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
Collective band program planned for South Cariboo schools this fall

Elementary students in 100 Mile area can opt to take part in after school band at PSO

John Archie plans to share his experiences of residential school and life on the rez at an event on June 19. (Kelly Sinoski photo -100 Mile Free Press)
Tsq’escen to share stories of ‘life on the rez’

John Archie to share his experiences in event Saturday

100 Mile House Fire Rescue responds to a grass fire on private property near Canim-Hendrix Road. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
Small fire off Canim-Hendrix Road extinguished

The small grass fire was reported by neighbours and quickly brought under control

Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship during a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, May 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canada to welcome 45,000 refugees this year, says immigration minister

Canada plans to increase persons admitted from 23,500 to 45,000 and expedite permanent residency applications

A dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is pictured at a vaccination site in Vancouver Thursday, March 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
NACI advice to mix vaccines gets varied reaction from AstraZeneca double-dosers

NACI recommends an mRNA vaccine for all Canadians receiving a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine

A aerial view shows the debris going into Quesnel Lake caused by a tailings pond breach near the town of Likely, B.C., Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Updated tailings code after Mount Polley an improvement: B.C. mines auditor

British Columbia’s chief auditor of mines has found changes to the province’s requirements for tailings storage facilities

A North Vancouver man was arrested Friday and three police officers were injured after a 10-person broke out at English Bay on June 19, 2021. (Youtube/Screen grab)
Man arrested, 3 police injured during 10-person brawl at Vancouver beach

The arrest was captured on video by bystanders, many of whom heckled the officers as they struggled with the handcuffed man

Patrick O’Brien, a 75-year-old fisherman, went missing near Port Angeles Thursday evening. (Courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard)
Search for lost fisherman near Victoria suspended, U.S. Coast Guard says

The 75-year-old man was reported missing Thursday evening

Bruce Springsteen performs at the 13th annual Stand Up For Heroes benefit concert in support of the Bob Woodruff Foundation in New York on Nov. 4, 2019. (Greg Allen/Invision/AP)
Canadians who got AstraZeneca shot can now see ‘Springsteen on Broadway’

B.C. mayor David Screech who received his second AstraZeneca dose last week can now attend the show

New research suggests wolves can be steered away from the endangered caribou herds they prey on by making the man-made trails they use to hunt harder to move along. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Culling cutlines, not B.C. wolves, key to preserving caribou herds: researcher

The government has turned to killing hundreds of wolves in an effort to keep caribou around

Gary Abbott (left) and Louis De Jaeger were two of the organizers for the 2014 Spirit of the People Powwow in Chilliwack. Monday, June 21, 2021 is Indigenous Peoples Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of June 20 to 26

Indigenous Peoples Day, Take Your Dog to Work Day, Onion Rings Day all coming up this week

Most Read