The Maritime Building’s life expectancy just increased another six months.
Originally the Town of New Glasgow had hoped to rid their downtown of the derelict seven-storey structure this spring, but as the final details drag on and the height of tourism season quickly approaches, plans are being adjusted to change that.
Town CAO Lisa MacDonald said the goal is to have final details in place to present to council for final approval at their May 20 meeting. Verhagen Demolition was the only company that offered a proposal for the work which is expected to exceed $1 million.
One of the holdups has been trying to secure the right to use one of three of the neighbouring vacant lots to use during the demolition process. The town has permission for the use of two so far. They are also consulting an engineer in Halifax and trying to decide the best approach to the work and to establish a more concrete timeline.
Once that is done the town plans to hold a meeting to talk with property owners downtown about the plans and how they will be impacted.
“We’re really working toward minimal disturbance in the downtown core,” MacDonald said.
The property was placed on a tax sale but no bids were made for it. The town does not own the property, but will be stuck with the demolition costs. Once the work is done, MacDonald said it is likely that it will end up as an available property in the future.