B.C. business forced to build $10K 'sidewalk to nowhere'
First posted: Tuesday, August 30, 2016 04:54 PM EDT | Updated: Tuesday, August 30, 2016 05:18 PM EDT
SMITHERS, B.C. -- On a lonely stretch of concrete in Smithers, B.C., a black-and-white sign cautions passersby: "The end is near."
But rather than warn of impending doomsday, the sign literally refers to the end of the sidewalk, just a short 30-metre stroll away.
The "sidewalk to nowhere" outside North Central Plumbing and Heating is causing controversy in the small northwestern British Columbia town.
A local bylaw requires property owners with building permits of over $75,000 to construct public infrastructure, including sidewalks, outside their premises.
General manager Trevor Bruintjes says North Central Plumbing and Heating spent $10,000 to build the walkway that connects to nothing -- as the nearest sidewalk is 500 metres away.
Mayor Taylor Bachrach says the isolated sidewalk has created so much conversation that the town will hold a public meeting on Thursday to discuss the bylaw and possible alternatives.
A sidewlak is shown in Smithers, B.C. in this undated handout image. Smithers council holds a special noon-hour meeting later this week to explain its side of the controversy over a so-called "sidewalk to nowhere.'' (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Trevor Bruintjes)

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