Prince George, B.C.- It has been nearly four months since Prince George City Council first ordered the demolition of the building known as the ‘laundromat’ on George Street.
It is still standing.Council issued the order on July 2nd, and reaffirmed that decision on July 27th when it refused to grant the property owners an extension to the end of October.
Bylaw services Manager Fred Crittenden says the demolition has been slow to happen because of a couple of factors. First, an environmental assessment had to be done on the building to deal with contaminants such as lead paint and possible asbestos.
Then the property owners applied for a demolition permit to do the work on their own. The City allowed some time for the property owners to proceed with that work, and while the owners still possess the proper permits, no demolition action has been taken.
The City is putting the project to tender, and should award that contract within the next couple of weeks.
The city’s costs for demolition, removal of debris, and backfilling the site, will be recovered either through the owners paying the bill, or the City adding the amount to the tax bill for the property.
The property is one of several to be given either clean up or demolition orders by Mayor and Council this year.