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Old motel an unsafe hazard

The owner of the former Ponderosa Motel on Harvey Avenue will have a little more than a month to clean up the property.

The motel closed in 2011, and since that time, conditions on the property have become "hazardous and unsafe." There have been four structural fires and another minor fire since it closed. Police have recorded 110 files, including 21 complaints related to trespassing, drug activity and violence.

It's also become a haven for the homeless and transients over the past several years.

Bylaw is asking city council to declare the buildings, overgrown vegetation and debris as a nuisance and offensive under provisions of the Community Charter.

There are three buildings on the property and, in a report to council, bylaw says while the owner took out a demolition permit in 2012, that permit has not been executed.

The owner of the property would have 30-days to comply after a notice of remedial action is given.

If action is not taken, the city would have the right to do the work and bill the owner directly.

 



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