Gaming centre hours changed

Seniors down the hill complained about 2 a.m. closing times

  • Jun. 5, 2013 7:00 p.m.

They’ll be rolling up the streets an hour earlier in Maple Ridge’s community gaming centre, to keep the old folks down the hill happy.

After receiving a petition with 22 names, council approved a resolution changing the hours – from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. seven days a week, to midnight closings from Sunday to Thursday and 1 a.m. closings on Friday and Saturday nights.

The resolution will be sent to the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch as part of the liquor application process.

One resident said there were enough liquor premises in the area that another liquor establishment isn’t needed.

Residents of Rosewood Court on 227th Street wanted the midnight closing time because of the noise and air pollution and speeding traffic on 227th Street.

Midnight closings also have worked well in Fraserview Village Hall for the last decade, they point out.

Out of 1,762 letters sent to nearby owners, only two residents responded individually, along with the petition.

Residents in the nearby Marks Places condominium complex wanted an acoustical fence built to separate the gaming centre parking lot from the homes, as well as subdued parking lot lighting.

Total capacity for the liquor licence is 667 people, with 192 seats in the bingo parlour and 150 seats at the slot machines and 82 seats in the bar.