Clock Starts Ticking Tomorrow for Connaught to Be Brought Up To Snuff
Prince George, B.C. – By the end of today, the 9 permanent residents of the Connaught Motor Inn will have to be out.
The City suspended the business license following a lengthy hearing in which numerous failings of the Connaught were cited, not the least of which was the criminal activity.
During that hearing, Prince George RCMP Superintendent Warren Brown described the Connaught Motor Inn as the “hub” of illegal activity from stolen property to drug trafficking and prostitution. It accounted for more than 600 calls for service over the past four years, and numerous other stops by police who were trying to be proactive in their crime investigations
As ordered by Prince George City Council, 30 day notices were issued to the residents on the 1st of June.
All of the residents are said to have found alternate housing..
The Connaught Motor Inn was dealt a three month suspension of its business license, that suspension starts tomorrow and the clock will start ticking on meeting a long list of conditions and upgrades.
The owners of the Connaught will have two more deadlines to satisfy the conditions set by the City of Prince George if they want to have their license reinstated .
By the end of July, the owners are to have:
- submitted a Business Operating Plan detailing motel operations, including, but not limited to staffing, security and operational changes to ensure policing issues do not reoccur
- create file and maintain a proper Fire Safety plan
- ensure all fire alarm systems are up to standard, properly tested and fully functional
- ensure all smoke alarms are in place, operational and have had a documented test in the last 12 months.
- portable extinguishers to be installed on the exterior walkways as per the BC Fire Code
- repair all fire separations
- an inspection report of the electrical systems of the entire building from the BC Safety Authority
- install a security camera system that monitors all public areas of the property and a system that stores those images for at least three weeks
The second deadline occurs 150 days from July 1st. By that time, the Connaught Motor Inn must:
- complete any repair work required pursuant to the report and a letter from the BC Safety Authority certifying the work has been completed
- a letter from a structural engineer indicating he/she has inspected and certified the work has been completed
- Written certification from qualified professionals that all plumbing, sewer and heating systems are installed and functioning properly
- written certification that all rooms and spaces in the building are substantially free of any pesticides, fertilizers, toxic chemical contamination, molds or fungi
- written certification that the property is in compliance with Crime Prevention through environmental Design principles
- repair of all suites to a standard that would allow for occupancy of all 97 units.