The Korce Group, landlords of 29 Church Street, are in trouble again, this time down at City Hall.
Tomorrow, council will consider the garbage situation at the building; it is often poorly contained, and the landlords have long resisted efforts to clean it up.
The City is making the landlords an offer: they’ll pick the garbage up on George Street, if Korce fixes up the property, including:
- A new waste enclosure
- Trimmed trees
- A check of the underground garage to see if it will support a garbage truck
- Removal of a fence
- Removal of parking spaces
It seems unlikely that the landlords will go for this option; rather than deal with the garbage situation, which has clearly been very bad for a very long time, they continue to use their lawyer to fight things out. The lawyer, Leroy Bleta, says “my client Korce Group Ltd. remains in compliance…. [and] the cedar trees planted around the perimeter of the garbage/recycling containment area are compliant”.
The city disagrees. They say “An inspection of the property on February 4, 2016 revealed there was current [sic] no compliance with the notice and no work had been started to achieve compliance.”
Your humble correspondent has a suggestion: pay someone $18 an hour to clean up the garbage twice a week. It would be much cheaper than a lawyer. It would also be the right thing to do. I believe that lawyers can sometimes be mistaken on this tricky point: the law is a poor proxy for neighbourliness.