Status Quo at the Connaught Motor Inn
Prince George, B.C. – It doesn’t appear the Connaught Motor Inn will be reopening anytime soon.
Prince George City Council suspended the owner’s operating license for three months last May due to the heavy burden the motel (located at 1550 Victoria St) was putting on emergency services (police and fire) in the city as well as the condition of the facility related to its rooms and common areas.
Fred Crittenden, the City’s manager of Bylaw Services, says a total of 15 conditions were placed on owner Joe Carhoun before his failed appeal last spring.
“We were looking for a business operating plan that addressed staffing and security in a manner that would ensure the policing issues – the hundreds of policing issues that happened over a couple of years just prior to that didn’t repeat themselves,” he says.
“As well as a number of fire safety issues, questions about the actual maintenance of the building related to fire safety, structural and cleanliness within the facility.”
He says the three-month deadline came and went September 30 with none of the conditions fully met. Crittenden says the owner has yet to reapply for his license either. So what next?
“So as part of Council’s resolution, the license remains suspended indefinitely until such time as they meet all the conditions that would allow them to get their license reinstated.”
Could the site sit as is indefinitely?
“There is nothing requiring them to reopen the business,” notes Crittenden. “If the building becomes such that we felt it was a danger or the windows starting getting broken out or something that like – there are remedial action type of things we could then ask Council to approve to ensure that those things are taken care of.”
But until that time, he acknowledges the City is in a holding pattern.
“Yeah, absolutely. We just monitor it to make sure that the business isn’t operating and if any work is being done that the proper permits or anything that’s being done as far as structural or electrical or plumbing have proper permits.”
250News has attempted to contact Carhoun regarding this story but has so far been unsuccessful.