The owner of the hotel started demolition on November 30th 2008, but the site remains a mess as seen in this photo from Sunday April 12th 2009 – Andrew Tylosky/Energeticcity.ca
Fort St. John City Council will vote on Tuesday whether or not to force the owners of the Fort Hotel to tear it down.
City staff are recommending Council vote to authorize the demolition of the building as it is considered unsafe. If Council agrees the owners of the property would have 15 days to begin demolition. Normally the owner would be given 30 days notice.
The City says the building is unsafe because it is structurally unsound, contains asbestos, is partially demolished, is unoccupied and is not capable of being safely repaired or restored.
If the owner has not demolished the building within the 15 days, Council will authorize agents of the city to remove any hazards and demolish the building. Under the Community Charter, the city could then bill the costs of the demolition back to the property owner and they would have until the end of the year to pay in full.
If they have not paid in full, the amount shall be placed as a lien on the land and deemed to be taxes in arrears. The demolition could cost roughly $250,000 to $300,000.
Again, this will only go forward if Council votes in favour of this recommendation from staff at Tuesday’s Council meeting.
To read the full report that will go to City Council download the attached file.