FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John City Council will hold a special open meeting on Monday to discuss the demolition of the Condil Hotel.
Council will decide if they should increase the demolition budget from $457,000 to almost $1.1 million. City staff presented Council with a report on January 22 that said NAPP Enterprises Ltd., had asked for the budget increase in order to finish demolition of the hotel.
NAPP said they had found extra contamination that would increase the costs of demolition by $636,837.14, and add 14 weeks to the demolition schedule. At the previous meeting, Council voted in favour of tabling the motion to increase the budget until after City staff had received legal counsel about the hazardous materials that were missed in the initial survey of the building.
Council will now hear from staff on Monday and make a decision about the next steps in demolishing the hotel.
When the increase in budget was originally presented, councillor Trevor Bolin asked whether the initial assessment was incorrect, NAPP president Barry Barnes stated that in the assessment provided when the project was put out for tender there were people still living in the building.
“When there’s people living in the building, you cannot safely do a pre-demolition hazardous materials survey because you have to pound holes in walls, you have to drill holes in floors, ceilings, roofs, exterior walls, everything.”
If the recommendation passes, the new final budget for buying and demolishing the Condill would be $2,150,981.00.
The special open meeting will be held on Monday at Fort St. John City Hall starting at 9 a.m.
Watch the full Council discussion from January 22, 2018, below.