WINNIPEG – Some residents along Kenaston Boulevard have a bone to pick with City Hall about the way they’re managing the homes they’re acquiring for the widening of Route 90.
The city has to buy private homes along the route to eventually demolish them and make room for the wider road.
But residents say the city has been letting homes fall into neglect, instead of maintaining them and renting them out while waiting for the widening project to actually begin.
Ken Klassen lives near Kenaston and tells 680 CJOB the houses could’ve been rented out before being demolished but the City wasn’t interested.
“I went to the City and tried to get the assessment records,” says Klassen. “They refused to show them to me. I’ve filled freedom of information requests saying ‘Show me your report that says the houses are uninhabitable’.”
Klassen says he went inside some of the properties and despite being vacant for a few years, he thinks they were still habitable.
The City has yet to respond to these claims.