Could Ajax mine actually increase property values?
Regarding fears of property values in Aberdeen suffering if the proposed Ajax copper and gold mine is approved:
Respectfully, for anyone worried, have they considered or entertained the opposite scenario?
In the event the mine becomes a reality for the Kamloops economy, could it not equally become a reality that those residents living nearest the mine might experience a marginal or better increase in the values of their properties?
Mine proponents have stated there is an estimated 23-year mine life, with those jobs paying in the $90,000-and-above range. It has also been stated that, initially at start-up, the mine is offering between 350 and 400 jobs.
Those new employees seeking those high-paying jobs may want to live near the mine/ employer to save time and gas travelling to work.
If you don’t think so, ask employees who must carpool to travel from Kamloops to Logan Lake every day to enjoy the benefits of working at Highland Valley Copper.
And, yes, this is outside work with exposure to the mine’s dust, with no complaints.
I have friend who has been at Highland Valley for 23 years with almost no complaints — and he loves those paycheques.
His only complaint — carpooling and travelling time.
Homes nearest the proposed Ajax mine would be the ideal choice for those new and well-paid employees to locate and be nearer to their employment.
Consider those living near the mine site and opposed to Ajax could, in fact, sell those homes for top dollar.
This would also reduce the collective pollution effects of vehicles travelling longer distances to and from their place of employment, thus making it better for the environment.
In reality, those worried about a decrease in property values could, conversly, be sitting on a windfall of opportunity.