THAT SINK­ING FEEL­ING

Prop­erty owner to hire geotech­ni­cal engi­neer to as­sess sit­u­a­tion

Cape Breton Post - - Front Page - BY SHARON MONT­GOMERY-DUPE smont­gomery@cb­post.com

Sink­hole ap­pears near Glace Bay apart­ment build­ing.

Ten­ants of a four-build­ing apart­ment com­plex on Do­min­ion Street say the off-is­land owner needs a his­tory les­son in Glace Bay sink­holes.

Jessie Bainbridge, a tenant at 73 Do­min­ion St., a com­plex owned by Met­cap Liv­ing, said ten­ants are con­cerned about sink­holes on the prop­erty.

Bainbridge be­lieves the owner, a cor­po­ra­tion with of­fices in Dart­mouth and On­tario, doesn’t un­der­stand boot­leg min­ing.

“They don’t un­der­stand that this could be much more than a sink­hole, it … could be a larger cav­ern.”

She said ten­ants are con­cerned for their safety.

“Twice al­ready there have been in­ci­dents of peo­ple out walk­ing around the build­ing and al­most fall­ing in one.”

Bainbridge said the first hole — a me­tre in di­am­e­ter — was dis­cov­ered in late 2016. It was re­ported to the prop­erty man­ager and con­trac­tors filled the hole with loose dirt and rocks. How­ever since then an ad­di­tional hole opened be­side the first one and another ap­peared more re­cently.

Bainbridge said she apol­o­gizes for go­ing pub­lic with the is­sue but she has called Met­cap Liv­ing sev­eral times and is not get­ting a re­sponse.

Cathy Crosby, who moved into a neigh­bour­ing build­ing on the prop­erty in Novem­ber 2016, was walk­ing her dog three months ago when she en­coun­tered one of the sink­holes.

“Only for him stop­ping and back­ing up and start­ing to whim­per (is what) prob­a­bly saved me from go­ing into the sink­hole,” she said.

“Three times this sink­hole now has opened up.”

She said ev­ery time it opens up and they re­port it to the prop­erty man­ager, a truck shows up and fills it in with dirt.

“We all know Glace Bay is full of boot­leg pits and some can be con­nected to the old pit.

“Some­one is go­ing to lose a child or walk out there in the night and fall and dis­ap­pear.”

Angie Craig, a prop­erty man­ager at Met­cap’s Dart­mouth of­fice, said the orig­i­nal hole was quite mi­nor and it was filled and com­pacted and it has been re­filled a cou­ple of times.

How­ever she said now it has be­come more of a con­cern and as a re­sult the com­pany in­stalled a steel se­cu­rity fence around the site in ques­tion.

“Just to have some peace of mind that if it is worse than we think no one is go­ing to be at risk to walk in the area.”

She said the com­pany’s next step will be to hire a geotech­ni­cal engi­neer to as­sess the area and pro­vide a re­port.

“So we can see what is go­ing on there and if any fur­ther steps are nec­es­sary,” she said.

“We wanted to put it in the hands of ex­perts. Safety is of the ut­most im­por­tance to Met­cap.”

She hopes these steps will give res­i­dents of the build­ings peace of mind.

“We’ll get the re­port and if they clear the area we’ll re­move the fence and if not then we’ll do what­ever next steps we need to do.”

SHARON MONT­GOMERY-DUPE/CAPE BRE­TON POST

Jessie Bainbridge, left, with her dog Spar­ta­cus, and Cathy Crosby, with her dog Bubba, stand near their apart­ment com­plex on Do­min­ion Street, Glace Bay, where a sink­hole was filled in on Thurs­day morn­ing. Bainbridge and Crosby said res­i­dents are wor­ried about their safety. The com­plex is owned by Met­cap Liv­ing which has an of­fice in Dart­mouth.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO/JESSIE BAINBRIDGE

Seen here is the most re­cent sink­hole at the apart­ment com­plex on Do­min­ion Street, Glace Bay. The hole was filled in on Thurs­day.

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