City Centre Motel demolition delayed

Castlegar Source
By Castlegar Source
July 21st, 2010

The potential demolition of the City Centre Motel in downtown Castlegar is now being delayed until at least this autumn, after the owners applied to the B.C. Supreme Court for a judicial review of the city’s order to have the buildings removed.

Both petitions (the city’s and the property owners’) will be heard in Nelson during the week of Sept. 7, with two days scheduled for the hearings.

This, after a February meeting of Castlegar city council saw council vote unanimously to have the buildings on the cite declared unsafe.

City councillor and chair of development services committee Kirk Duff said the issue of this downtown property has been a long-standing one for the city.

“The whole building is full of mold and bacteria; main building supports are missing; there are gaping holes in the floor,” he said. “I do believe it’s been upwards of nine years that we’ve been dealing with that building for a variety of reasons – break-ins, squatters, etc.

“It’s an absolute disgrace.”

The Source was unable to reach the property owner for comment.


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