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The owners of an Asian grocery store housing employees on Beaverbrook Ave. have been fined after bylaw officers found at least 32 people living in the two single-family homes.
Food Island, a store on Wonderland Rd. and Oxford St., came into the spotlight in January after a stabbing near a home several blocks away.
The owners face fines of $3,500.
After the stabbing, several neighbours complained about the number of people living at 1703 and 1709 Beaverbrook Ave.
Both homes are zoned as residential, meaning they can’t have more than five bedrooms each.
However, a total of 17 bedrooms were constructed – eight at 1709 and nine at 1703, said Orest Katolyk, the city’s bylaw manager.
“This was one of the most intensified single detached dwellings we have seen,” Katolyk said.
“Based on a bed count, a minimum of 32 occupants resided at these homes in this developing area.”
Beaverbrook Ave., is within walking distance of Food Island. The two homes were build less than five years go, Katolyk said.
The additional bedrooms were constructed mostly in the basement, he said.
“The bedrooms were for multiple occupancy. There were basically mattresses everywhere,” Katolyk said.
Curtis Nguyen, a store manager who spoke on behalf of the owners, who don’t speak English, said Monday the additional bedrooms were taken down shortly after the police and bylaw officer presence in January.