Tla’amin Nation evicts parking company

Company switches locations as nation takes over short-term spots

Short-term parking in Lund will be operated by Tla’amin Nation after End of the Road Parking received an eviction notice from the nation last week.

According to a statement from Tla’amin Management Services LP interim chief executive officer Marlane Christensen, “With treaty implementation, a natural and inevitable progression of self-control by Tla’amin Nation over the Lund Hotel Parcels has come to pass.”

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The statement confirmed that as of July 10, Tla’amin has effectively taken control of the Lund Hotel Parcels, including parking lots previously operated by End of the Road Parking.

“We have tried to negotiate a lease with them, without interest on their part,” said End of the Road Parking in its own statement.

Negotiations leading to Tla’amin Nation’s final agreement that came into effect in April 2016 included treaty settlement land in Lund, including .97 hectares known as the Lund Hotel Parcels. City of Powell River mayor Dave Formosa’s business owned 49 per cent of the Lund parcels before divesting its shares.

End of the Road Parking will continue to park cars in its long-term lots, but will no longer be managing short-term parking areas across from or behind Lund Hotel, or below Nancy’s Bakery.

“We will be able to take some short-term parkers during high season, depending on availability of space,” stated the company. “We look forward to providing the best possible service to our customers under these circumstances.”

According to the statement, Lund Automotive and Outboard owner Lee Edmondson offered to allow End of the Road to operate on property he owns on Highway 101 across from his business.

The small parking company has now moved to the new location, but it could have been handled differently, according to Edmondson.

“It would have been a little more businesslike to give them until the end of the season,” said Edmondson.

Christensen stated that Tla’amin Management Services wished End of the Road Parking owners Gary and Janice Grant all the best as they continue to operate on other lots in the general Lund area.

“We know they will continue to provide excellent service to their customers,” stated Christensen. “Tla’amin Management Services looks forward to continuing to build positive and ongoing relationships with locals and visitors alike, and to taking care of the shorter-term parking needs of everyone visiting Lund or the surrounding islands.”

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