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.