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Tim Hortons in Willow Point could open sometime this year NEIL CAMERON COURIER-ISLANDER

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t’s not often Tim Hortons will modify one of its building designs, but when the company saw the view from their new outlet in Campbell River, the decision was easy. The new Timmy’s for Willow Point was approved last week by city council, just days before the company marked the 50th anniversary of the first Tim Hortons opening on May 17, 1964. “They were quite impressed with the view,” said Campbell River Tim Hortons owner Dave Paquin. “So we modified the design to take advantage of that.” Paquin said that with the city’s granting of a major development permit, he would like to open this year. “It’s difficult to say when we’ll open but definitely we would like to open as soon as we can,” he said, adding there were still some items to finalize with the city. He said he expected to have a building permit within four weeks. Dave and his wife Cathy have been planning the addition of the third Tim Hortons for quite a while and both were ecstatic that the project has moved to this point. All was not that smooth, however, as part of the city approval process proposed the Paquin’s provide a noise

Dave Paquin mitigation report prepared by an acoustic engineer for their drive thru. And you could almost hear several intakes of breath from around the council chambers when Councillor Claire Moglove said council should be sure of the noise because of the problems they had with the pole peeling plant on Gordon Road. In that situation the plant met all approval guidelines but the ensuing noise from the operation caused public protests from neighbours. Ensuing noise mitigations seems to have solved that issue. Paquin explained to

council that Tim Hortons had lots of experience with the issues of drive thru noise. He explained that the company has spent a lot on technology to make sure they have little if no impact on the surrounding neighbourhoods. He said volumes can be adjusted for day time and night time and that more directional voicing means the sound is directed directly to drive thru customers. Council eventually voted to allow the permit without requiring the noise mitigation report. The Paquin’s were also required to hire a professional biologist to help clear the site of invasive species. Councillor Larry Samson questioned that extra expense. He said the city has participated in ‘broom bashes’ at which local volunteers get together to clear the weeds without a biologist being present.

Although not the exact design, this shows a pretty close depiction of what the Tim Hortons in Willow Point will look like, allowing more windows for the view.

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