Owner given extension on heritage building

The owner of an Armstrong heritage building in disrepair has been given an extension to determine if the building is structurally safe.

The owner of an Armstrong heritage building in disrepair has been given an extension to determine if the building is structurally safe.

W. Ben Lee was ordered in July by city council to have the building in the 3200 block of Okanagan Street, which has become run down and potentially dangerous, reviewed by a structural engineer as being structurally safe.

The deadline Lee was given was Aug. 15.

“We are doing our best to comply…,” wrote Lee in a letter to council.

“We are still unable to find a structural engineer who can complete the work by the deadline.”

Lee asked for an extension to secure an engineer, and advised that he is in the process of trying to sell the building.

Lee said a prospective buyer had a structural engineer approve the purchase, but the sale was subject to financing.

Lee has had all broken windows on the building boarded up along with access to its crawl space.

He had been ordered to have all of the rubbish removed from inside the building.

Lee said he has hired an individual to get the trash out of the facility, but that the work has been deferred until after the upcoming Interior Provincial Exhibition.

Coun. Ryan Nitchie moved that Lee be given an extension for compliance to Sept. 22.

The motion was passed unanimously by council, though Mayor Chris Pieper was absent from Monday night’s regular meeting.