Clutesi marina building could face wrecking ball

Foundation issues and a cracking sinking building may force the City of Alberni to demolish the main building at Clutesi Haven Marina.

Foundational issues are forcing the city to consider taking down the main building at Clutesi Haven Marina.

Foundational issues are forcing the city to consider taking down the main building at Clutesi Haven Marina.

Foundation issues have prompted the Port Alberni Port Authority and City of Alberni to consider demolishing the main building at Clutesi Haven Marina.

City manager Ken Watson confirmed that officials from both organizations have been in talks about the fate of the building.

“The building has had long-term settlement issues,” Watson said. “We’re considering whether to invest money into renovating the building or taking it down.”

The city owns the property and leases it to the port authority. The building was erected in 1973.

The building has been used to house a wharfinger’s residence and office, tackle shop, meeting room and storage.

While some material is still stored there the building hasn’t been used as of late.

McGill and Associates Engineering in Alberni produced an engineering report in January for the port authority that examined the building.

“The report found significant signs of cracking and geotechnical problems with the land beneath the building,” port authority spokesperson Dave McCormick said.

The building was constructed in two parts and the newer part is the one that is more stable. Cracks can be seen forming in the building.

“Those issues are a significant enough concern if there is a sudden geological event because we always make the facility available for public use.”

The port authority has no plans for  a new building at the site at this time, McCormick said.

“What happens with the property is a city decision, we only operate the marina.”

The matter and options are being presented for city council’s consideration at their meeting on Feb. 13.

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