Another Demolition Order Issued, More to Come Says Mayor
Prince George, B.C. – The move to have property owners clean up, or demolish unsightly and derelict buildings in Prince George continues.
This week, Mayor and Council gave unanimous support to orders to have the building at 231-233 George Street demolished. The decision an easy one after Bylaw services Manager Fred Crittenden made a presentation that had image after image of the interior of the building. Collapsed ceilings, mould, rotted beams were just some of the highlights of the visual display.
After viewing the presentation, Councillor Jillian Merrick said she felt “quite ill to my stomach” and was shocked that people had been living in the building in 2009.
This is the third property this month that Council has ordered either cleaned up, or demolished. Crittenden told Council the number of complaints to Bylaw services about unsightly properties has increased substantially this year ” The first five months of this year our complaints are up just about 50% over last year. There seems to be a passion for reporting these sorts of things.”
And there are more orders to come.
Crittenden says staff have been compiling a list “and prioritizing them and work through them as we see fit.”
Mayor Lyn Hall says this particular property has been on the radar for some time “We have history since 2009, so this is not something that all of a sudden happened. “There is a list of them and we’re moving on them, it’s absolutely a new day, and it needs to be cleaned up, this is one of those issues I think the community can look and be rest assured that if you have an issue in your neighbourhood, let us know.” Mayor Hall says cleaning up derelict buildings in the downtown will go a long way to assisting the DBIA in its efforts to attract people and new businesses to the City’s core.
Councillor Brian Skakun says while action should have been taken on this property years ago, “It’s a new day, and with that comes change, with that comes action. ”