Hotel, motel on demolition block

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POWASSAN – The former Trout Creek Hotel and the former Princess Motel on Highway 522 B will see the wrecking ball this year.

Powassan council has awarded a $166,901 contract to Evan Hughes Excavating of Powassan to demolish the buildings, as well as a home that burnt several years ago.

Mayor Peter McIsaac says the municipality had been dealing with the property owners “for a number of years” to have the buildings taken down at the owners' expense.

But when that didn't happen, he says “we got into a position where we felt it was time to take the buildings down ourselves.” All three have been deemed unsafe.

McIsaac says the demolition costs will be added to the tax bills of the property owners, and he is confident the municipality will recoup its money.

By not carrying out the work themselves, McIsaac believes the property owners got a bit of a break when the municipality stepped in.

“It's an economy of scale,” he explains.

“By having one contractor take down three properties, I assume you get a better price. So I would say, yes, the building owners got a small break on the costs with the municipality carrying out the demolition.”

McIsaac says tearing down the former Trout Creek Hotel is the most expensive of the three projects because the building contains asbestos.

“We know that 60 to 70 per cent of the value of the contract is probably in that building alone,” McIsaac says.

As the asbestos is removed during the demolition, the material will be properly bagged for disposal.

Not only are the buildings eyesores, Coun. Markus Wand believes they could become a liability for the municipality if left standing.

Rocco Frangione is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter who works out of the North Bay Nugget. The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada.

Rocco Frangione, Local Journalism Initiative, The North Bay Nugget