April 06, 2016 - 7:00 PM
PENTICTON - A vacant building plaguing the city for more than eight years could finally be dealt with.
Penticton City Council has agreed to move toward injunctive action to deal with the property at 555 Wade Ave.
Building and Permitting Manager Ken Kunka says the property owners have applied to extend their vacant building registration permit due to financial hardship. The building is currently for sale and city staff have been trying to enter into negotiations to secure a building timeline and resolve outstanding violation penalties, but have not had any success.
The city has been dealing with the property since May 2008 when an application was made to demolish the single family residence to build a multi-family dwelling, but the permit was cancelled in January 2009.
Since that time, Kunka says the building has steadily deteriorated, with black mold, a failing roof and unstable retaining walls at the rear of the property resulting in an increasing safety risk. An engineer's report also notes the building is reaching a point where it is becoming structurally unsound, Kunka notes.
Kunka also notes the property has a history of complaints including once being used for the storage of stolen property. At a council meeting this week he recommended the vacant building registration be denied and the building be declared a nuisance and hazard in order for staff to commence enforcement action.
Council agreed to use the city’s Good Neighbour Bylaw to declare the building and property a nuisance in hazardous condition. If remedial action isn’t completed by May 9, injunctive action will begin, which could involve demolition of the building or remedial action to stablize the present conditions at risk.
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