Manitoba

Thermea spa's licensed patio permit steams area residents

Winnipeg's Thermea spa will be allowed to serve alcohol on its outdoor patio, despite concerns from people living nearby.

Neighbours complained of traffic, bright lights and wood fire smoke from Nordic spa

People living near the Thermea spa on Crescent Drive appealed the City of Winnipeg's decision to grant a conditional use permit for a licensed patio. The city's appeal committee ruled in the spa's favour on Thursday. (Thermea Winnipeg)

Winnipeg's Thermea spa will be allowed to serve alcohol on its outdoor patio, despite concerns from people living nearby.

Neighbours appealed the city's decision to grant a conditional use permit for the patio, saying they don't like the way the Nordic spa on Crescent Drive is currently operating.

Residents told the city's appeal committee on Thursday morning they have issues with traffic to and from the spa, bright lights on the patio and noise from the building's heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems.

One resident also complained about smoke from the spa's wood fires.

Thermea representatives told the committee the criticism is not warranted, as they are in compliance with all rules and they've extensively consulted with the community.

Spa officials said they have plans to improve conditions related to the HVAC systems, and the bright lights on their patio are required under safety regulations.

The spa's general manager told the committee he shares the neighbours' concerns on some issues, and they are trying to address them.

In the end, the appeal committee ruled in the spa's favour.

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