Gas line pauses project

A construction project in downtown Summerland remains on hold thanks to a ‘straying’ gas line.

  • Jul. 5, 2011 4:00 p.m.

A construction project in downtown Summerland remains on hold thanks to a ‘straying’ gas line.

The project near the corner of the North Victoria Road and Jubilee Road calls for a single-story building designed to house the expanding Summerland Optometry business of Dr. Grant Goods.

But construction has been on hold after the recent discovery of a gas line that actually belongs to a neighbouring property, said Goods, who is now waiting on Fortis to take the necessary steps in moving the gas line.

Once the line has moved, Goods expects construction to proceed quickly. The interior shell of the 5,800 square-foot building could be up as early as Oct. 1, said Goods, whose current office on North Victoria Road is just a few steps from the fairly visible construction site. Goods said expects that his business will be up and running in the new facility by Christmas. He also plans to find a tenant  for a portion of the building.

Goods, who has worked as an optometrist in Summerland since his graduation in 1980, said the expansion became necessary as one of children is joining the practice.

Summerland Optometry moved into the present location on North Victoria Road in 1985, and expanded in 2002.