The Carlson Building on Argyle Street at Second Avenue has been the subject of numerous complaints on social media in 2017. Port Alberni City Council is deciding whether to label it a nuisance building. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO

Council looks at Carlson Building as potential nuisance property

After numerous complaints, Alberni council wants to declare the building a nuisance

Port Alberni city council is looking into declaring the Carlson Building on Argyle Street a nuisance property.

At their Tuesday, Oct. 10 meeting, council directed staff to provide a report regarding steps to declare the Carlson Building a nuisance property.

The Carlson Building has achieved notoriety in the city this year both for its bright paint job and some alleged illegal activity that has gone on around it. Emergency crews responded to a bonfire behind the building in January of this year. Port Alberni RCMP officer in charge Inspector Brian Hunter confirmed in August that the RCMP had seized a number of drugs and weapons from the building. And in a Sept. 5 meeting of council, Coun. Denis Sauvé said that illegal dumping around the building had been keeping him busy on a weekly basis.

The building was formerly home to a number of businesses in the 1950s, including a beauty salon and seamster. It is now home to a number of rentals, and the shops below are boarded up.

“The city does have what’s called a nuisance abatement bylaw,” said director of development services Scott Smith. “Council can, through somewhat of a process, declare a property a nuisance property.”

This requires council asking for a staff report based on bylaw calls, RCMP calls, fire department calls and public works calls so they can look at the history of the property. The property owner will have an opportunity to be heard by council before the building is officially declared a nuisance property.

If council does determine the building to be a nuisance property, any activity that results in a bylaw, RCMP, fire department or public works call will be billed to the property owner at a prescribed rate in the bylaw.

elena.rardon@albernivalleynews.com

Just Posted

Port Alberni gym puts the art in martial arts

Matt Goodwin, Shay Hebert offer kickboxing at all levels

Crime rate, drug overdoses still rising in Port Alberni

Major Crime Unit investigating drug trafficking files

Port Alberni business community celebrates excellence

Annual community awards portray diversity in Alberni Valley businesses

Port Alberni’s Community Policing office shuts down

Reopening unlikely to happen, says RCMP Insp. Hunter

Port Alberni man reported missing

RCMP are searching for Jacob Anthony Williams, 27

Toronto van attack suspect faces 10 counts of first-degree murder

The suspect in the Toronto van attack that killed 10 people and injured 15 others on Monday is a 25-year-old man named Alek Minassian

Doctor sees healing power in psychedelic plant as Peru investigates death of B.C. man

Peru’s attorney general has ordered the arrest of two suspects in the killing of 41-year-old Sebastian Woodroffe

Toronto police officer ‘gave himself the space and time’ in van attack

Footage shows officer standing up, turning off his siren and talking clearly to the suspect

$1.18 to $1.58 a litre: Are you paying the most for gas in B.C.?

Gas prices across B.C. vary, with lowest in Vernon and highest in – you guessed it – Metro Vancouver

Inquest set 10 years after B.C. woman shot, left to die

Lisa Dudley, and her partner, Guthrie McKay were shot in their Mission home in September 2008

B.C. hockey team to retire Humboldt Bronco victim’s number

BCHL’s Surrey Eagles to retire Jaxon Joseph’s No. 10 in light of bus tragedy

B.C. Hells Angels invited to rally by anti-SOGI organizer

The Culture Guard group has helped Hells Angels in the past, said its executive director.

B.C. bill aims to keep Indigenous kids in communities, out of care

Changes to Child, Family and Community Service Act could connect MCFD, Indigenous communities

Condo contract rules target B.C. property flippers

Regulations to prevent property transfer tax evasion

Most Read