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Last-minute objection stalls lane closure request

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Dieter Scheffer, owner of Frank Motors, wants the city to close the back lane at 575 Notre Dame Avenue because he said it's attracting sex-trade workers, drug users and increasing traffic in the lane near his business. A public hearing on the matter is set for Feb. 18.

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Dieter Scheffer, owner of Frank Motors, wants the city to close the back lane at 575 Notre Dame Avenue because he said it's attracting sex-trade workers, drug users and increasing traffic in the lane near his business. A public hearing on the matter is set for Feb. 18. Photo Store

A public hearing to consider closing a public lane north of Notre Dame Avenue was unexpectedly adjourned to next month.

Councillors were told Tuesday night that a last-minute objection had been filed to the closure and delay was requested to make a proper presentation.

Dieter Scheffer, owner of Frank Motors, wants to close the portion of the laneway behind his garage, citing in part the nuisance caused by vehicle traffic attracted to the lane by sex-trade workers and drug dealers.

The hearing was adjourned to Feb. 18.

Scheffer wants to buy the laneway from the city once it’s been closed.

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