Letters to the Editor

Coulter Berry opponents only care about imposing personal agenda

Editor: I own Republica Coffee Roasters in Fort Langley. I was appalled when I  heard that the Coulter Berry project had been successfully sidelined via the courts by the absurdly-named Fort Langley Residents for Sustainable Development, leaving us with a giant ugly hole, indefinitely.

We were thrilled when the Coulter Berry building was approved.

It meant we could consider expanding our space and add much-needed seating and food services within a much more inviting and comfortable atmosphere in a new high-end building that actually provides parking.

Fort Langley desperately needs adequate, proper, high-end  construction, and the underground parking allows for a great Fort Langley design.

Instead, a small group has decided their opinions are the only ones that matter. They hide behind a biased society (FLRS) formed only to start a lawsuit, and well after our elected council made a political decision, not a legal one.

What’s even more appalling  is the fact that their public front-man is not even a resident of Fort Langley.

The same people are also directors of a new NIMBY anti-development slate “Live Langley” for the next election, and will try to get elected before the Coulter Berry situation can be resolved.

Their goal is to block an amazing LEED gold, mixed-use building with underground parking through a lawsuit which will cost taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars, in addition to at least $250,000 and counting in lost tax revenue to us all

I know who not to vote for.

This is what we have in our midst — a small group with a lot of money for lawyers, who are bullying small businesses like ours, and who do not care one bit  about the damages they are causing.

They only care about imposing their personal agenda for Fort Langley on everyone else; preventing the development of new businesses, while proposing no vision, and bringing a  negative perspective of their own to the beautiful community of Fort Langley.

All they seem to care about is creating a political talking point via a cheap political stunt that has divided the community  into two groups, and it will keep on costing us for generations.

Meanwhile our business, our staff, hardworking taxpayers, and actual Fort Langley residents who shop here suffer the consequences.

Hiro Tsujimoto

Fort Langley

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