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West Hawk developer back in hot water

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A developer who has challenged the Manitoba Conservation department over plans to develop private land at West Hawk Lake has been given a second deadline to remove a structure from the property.

The department has given developer Mike Jurcevic until Monday noon to remove a mobile home that was improperly placed on land at the park over a week ago.

Fred Meier, the assistant deputy minister of Conservation, said Parks staff at West Hawk Lake provincial park were unaware that a mobile home was moved to the property, adding the staff would not have allowed the move had the owner consulted them.

"A mobile home was moved onto the property but (the owner) had no authority to do that," Meier said. "We've issued an order that (the mobile home) be removed."

The property at West Hawk Lake was at the centre of a controversial development scheme this summer. Jurcevic was promoting a 56-lot development on the site, even though the Conservation department told him only one cottage could be built on the property.

Jurcevic built a second cottage on the site and was taking $5,000 deposits on leases. Jurcevic and Darrell Willim, the real estate agent promoting the scheme, initially claimed that the title to the property superseded provincial jurisdiction but after the proposal was reported by the Free Press in July, the Manitoba Securities Commission launched an investigation and then instructed Willim to return the deposits. Willim and Jurcevic later abandoned the development project.

Ownership of the property has changed hands a couple of times since it was bought from the original owner in 2004 but in each case the registered owner was a firm or numbered company controlled by the Jurcevic family. The current owner is a numbered company that lists Michael John Jurcevic as its sole director.

The Parks department issued an order to the numbered company at the end of October, stating the second cottage had to be removed by Nov. 30.

A Parks department spokesman said copies of the latest order were delivered to Jurcevic's home, his place of business and to the mobile home at West Hawk Lake.

The Free Press was unable to obtain comment from Jurcevic.

aldo.santin@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 18, 2007 $sourceSection$sourcePage

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