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Occupancy Permit status impacts student ability to move in

August 31, 2018 -

A number of safety concerns have led to the City of Kingston being unable to issue an Occupancy Permit for a new apartment building. A building inspection at 630 Princess St. today revealed that the building did not meet the minimum requirements set out in the Ontario Building Code. 

City officials say the safety of tenants is a top priority.

"The Ontario Building Code sets out requirements for an occupancy permit to be issued and some life-safety issues remain to be resolved," says Ryan Arcand, deputy chief building official. "Occupancy requires final sign-offs for architectural, mechanical, electrical and structural elements, fire and sprinkler certifications." 

Given the vicinity of the building, the City has reached out to Queen's University to make it aware that some of its students may be affected by this issue.

Tenants who were scheduled to move into the 31-unit building this weekend will need to make other plans. Tenant concerns and questions about the next steps should be directed to the building's owner Stelmach Project Management Ltd.

It is the property owner's responsibility to address the life-safety deficiencies. Once the building is ready for a re-inspection, the City will work with the developer to expedite the process.

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