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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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Developer waiting for approval to remedy ‘lost portion’ of collapsed Welland condos

The developer behind a Welland condominium building that had two partial collapses eight days apart in February is waiting for approval to go ahead with the next steps in remediation.

An application with the city has been made for what Joyce Morocco, a contracted spokesperson for Evertrust Development, called a rebuild permit.

This will “encompass the rebuild of the lost portion of the building as well as any reinforcing as needed throughout the building,” said Morocco.

She said more than a week ago a ground cleanup at Upper Vista Welland had been completed but did not respond Tuesday to a request for more information on what other work has taken place since a stop work order was lifted March 8.

Morocco said a “rebuild permit” does not mean the developer is starting over on the building, but that the “project is being extensively reviewed by multiple engineers and all necessary

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