GOOGLE MAPS PHOTO                                An areal view of Matsqui Avenue in Port Alice.

GOOGLE MAPS PHOTO An areal view of Matsqui Avenue in Port Alice.

Derelict Port Alice House to be demolished

The house contains asbestos and has been called an ‘eyesore’

The Village of Port Alice will be demolishing a derelict house.

The house, located at 1116 Matsqui Avenue, was obtained by the Village of Port Alice through a 2014 tax sale and the tendering process for its demolition has finally been completed.

At the April 25 Village of Port Alice council meeting, former Chief Administrative officer Paul Carver handed out a staff report recommending the contract to demolish and remove the house be awarded to B&C Product & Services at a fixed Price of $40,000.

Council approved the bid by B&C Product & Services in the amount of $40,000, with a competing bid submitted by Fox’s Disposal at the fixed price of $45,523.

In the request for proposals, Carver stated that the “demolition process must include the concrete foundation” and that “all materials must be disposed of at an approved dump site”.

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He also noted that the “house construction does include the presence of asbestos building materials” and that “the bid price must include the cost to remove and dispose of the hazardous building materials in accordance with provincial and local landfill regulations.”

The house was first recommended to be demolished in a 2016 report, written by former Chief Administrative Officer Ronald Campbell, where he determined the house was “dilapidated and upon investigation cost prohibited for reconstruction” and that the village was “receiving numerous complaints about its condition by neighborhood residents.”

At that time, Mayor Jan Allen was quoted stating that the building is “an eyesore, and the people who live beside it would like to see it disappear. We’re gonna pull it down and put the lot up for sale.”

Note: A previous version of this story incorrectly reported that the bid was awarded to Fox’s Disposal in the amount of $45,523.07.