Police station deadline passes without repairs being made

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AMHERST - Amherst is mulling its options after the deadline passed without repairs being made to the former police station downtown.

"The date for the order has passed and we're exploring what we're going to do," Amherst chief administrative officer Greg Herrett said Monday. "We're going to take some sort of action fairly soon, but we have to determine what direction we're going in."
The building, located on the corner of LaPlanche and Victoria streets, was the source of an unsightly premises complaint that was followed up with an engineering consultant's report suggesting there was a danger to the public from falling stone. As a result, the town's Transportation and Public Works Department placed barricades around the building and closed the sidewalk to protect pedestrians.
While he said the building's owner, Tang Dynasty Investments, received the order from the town requiring appropriate repairs be made, Herrett could not say if the town received a reply to its request.
Now that the deadline has passed, there are a number of options available including fining the building's owner for non-compliance with an order or making the repairs and billing it against the property.
The town also has the option of continuing to try to communicate with the owner in hopes he will make the necessary repairs.
"Ultimately the hammer rests with the town in that we can do the repairs and charge it back. We don't want to get to that point because there's always one party that isn't very happy when we go that way," Herrett said.
dcole@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Public Works Department

Geographic location: LaPlanche, Victoria

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  • Fuzzy Bear
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    Surprise surprise surprise....did anyone really expect this guy to fix this thing up simply by an order from the town. Without a big stick follow-up plan these fly by night companies who buy up these properties for a song will never fix them up or renovate them. The town will continue to get yes sir'd to death.
    So the town's answer is to make the necessary repairs with tax dollars and then charge the owner.....if you can't get him to fix it up in the first place what makes the town think they can make the repairs and have the owner pay for the work afterwards. This is brainless!! It's obvious where this cost will end up. A BIG WRITEOFF!!
    What is needed is a strong by-law where the town can immediately confiscate said properties and then re-sell them to another prospective buyer after a specific period of time if maintenance action is not started. The thought of losing their initial investment may make these guys think twice before they buy a property like this in the first place!!

  • Troy
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    If the town makes the repairs and then bills the owner ,,thats great for the owner,,the town did all the work,,you should also put a $10,000.00 fee on there for the owner being negligent,,I bet that would set an example for the next owner that decided not to listen to the town and buck the system.

  • Rob
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    I think the town had better rethink the way they have closed the sidewalk. They are forcing people to walk on the travel lane or J walk. There may well be a greater risk of someone being struck by a car than a piece of stone, especially as it gets slippery. It might be better to cover the sidewalk.

  • sparky00
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    Whatever the town does, don't fix it unless they take ownership of the property. I've seen this before, and a company like this letting a property go like this indicates that they want the town to fix it for them. Odds are they won't pay the town back either.
    If the building poses a hazard to the public, is there not a way that the town can take possesion of it? If so, then fix it up and sell it, or find some use for it.
    JMO