Tribune obtains Welland condo inspection records

The Upper Vista Welland condominium project had not been inspected by City of Welland staff for nearly three months prior to the first of two partial collapses in February, records show.

Through a Freedom of Information request, The Tribune sought records related to the five-storey, 266-unit development at 350 Prince Charles Dr. as far back as 2018.

Within city files are 33 site inspection records, the earliest having taken place Nov. 18, 2021, when a footing inspection received a partial pass after forming and rebar were put in place. The most recent inspection, according to the list, was on Nov. 23, 2022, when work related to sewers was checked out.

Of the 33 inspections at the site, 23 dealt with water and sanitary servicing.

Brad Taylor, the city’s deputy chief building official, said inspections for building construction are regulated by the Ontario Building Code, and that “the person to whom

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