The City of Dawson Creek hired Napp Industries to complete the clean-up work at the corner of 10 Street and 103 Avenue, where Wildcat Video and Patra’s Pizza used to be housed. The remaining work will cost over $100,000 to complete, though the City will attempt to recoup those costs from the owner of the property.
Work had grinded to a halt earlier this year because of a dispute between the property owner, Syryda Properties Ltd., and its insurer over which party is to pay for the cleanup. Earlier this month, city council approved a remediation order so that work could proceed.
“Things had stalled with the owner and the insurance company, and we didn’t want it sitting in that state all winter long. It would have been a hazard, and it was blocking off sidewalks,” said Kevin Henderson, director of infrastructure and sustainable development for the City.
If the property owner refused to repay the cost of that remediation work, the property could be subject to the tax sale process that would ultimately end with the City taking possession of the property, though that process typically takes three years to complete. There is no guarantee the City would be able to recover the full cost of remediation through selling the property, however.
Henderson said, depending on the weather, it is expected the remediation could be completed before years-end. He said there may be some temporary interruptions to pedestrian and motor vehicle traffic through that area when the contractor is in-filling the basement at the site.