Downtown building considered unsafe, but can't be torn down

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The cracks and deterioration of the building in downtown Stellarton, often referred to as the Dobson building after one of its former tenants, is evident. But as much as town officials agree that it is a safety concern, they say there is nothing they can do to demolish it.

The town had actually pursued the steps to take down the building, but discovered in the process that the Needs next door is actually structurally tied into it. If the building is demolished the Needs will be significantly impacted as well.

Asked about it during a public forum at a council meeting last week, Mayor Joe Gennoe, said the cost to make it so they can take down the building would be exorbitant. For now it will remain as it is.

Using scaffolding a protection has been put up on the sidewalk around the building to prevent anyone from getting hurt from falling pieces from it.

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  • Edgil Hayter
    January 14, 2014 - 20:23

    Why has the owner' not made or given time to fix the building up?

  • watchdog
    January 13, 2014 - 18:21

    I am not a structural engineer but common sense would tell you that if small pieces of concrete from the outside of the building are falling that it is only a matter of time before a large piece of number of large pieces fall. If a large piece falls and bounces of the protective barrier and goes through a windshield and possibly kills or badly injures someone who is liable in this case? A perfectly sound structure housing a Needs store on North foord street was demolished why should this structure posing a threat to public saftyey not meet the same demise?

  • CountyGuy
    January 13, 2014 - 04:57

    Well I think we just found out the price the Town of Stellarton is willing to pay for someone's life. If it were my building and they wanted me to tear it down there is no way I'd be able to use this excuse. They would drag me into court quick as a flash...But That's Stellarton for you!

  • alex
    January 11, 2014 - 20:31

    well, my opinion is- if you leave an unsafe building alone and something happens, then you risk lawsuits-- if these buildings are structurally attached they must belong to the same owner? so if taking the unsafe building down is required then the other piece of the building is involved- Stellarton is generally doing things very well, so do the right thing and have the owner tear it down before someone gets hurt- and the scaffolding in the picture does not look like much of a protection for the public- was it engineer designed?

  • shannon mader
    January 11, 2014 - 17:33

    they just took half of the zellers mall apart here where i live brick by brick,,,surely the top section by needs can't be that hard,,,once top is off,,,then leave the wall ,perhaps it could be salvaged,,,