Tenants want action
Complex management says it is following engineer’s advice
Some residents of an apartment complex on Dominion Street where a sinkhole has been filled in, don’t believe the owners are doing enough about the situation.
Cathy Crosby said an engineer was on site and tenants were told drilling has been recommended.
“(Drilling) to see if the hole tunnels under the building and over to a second building,” said the tenant of the Glace Bay apartment complex owned by Metcap Living of Dartmouth.
She said in the meantime a contractor comes in with large rocks and tops off the hole when needed.
“It has dropped quite a bit more,” she said. “We are just concerned wanting to know if it could be an old bootleg pit or if the Dominion coal mine was up here,” said Crosby. “Metcap needs to take this a little more seriously.”
However Angie Craig, a property manager at Metcap’s Dartmouth office, says the apartment complex owners responded quickly, hiring a geotechnical engineer and following all recommendations.
“It’s about a two-week process for the full analysis of his report,” she said.
In a story in the Cape Breton Post on May 11, tenants of the four-building apartment complex on Dominion Street said they were concerned after finding holes on the property, including one a metre in diameter. At the time, they felt the building owners didn’t know enough about Cape Breton’s history with sinkholes.
Metcap officials said tenant safety is the priority and they erected a steel fence around the hole until it could be investigated.
Craig said the engineer recommended the hole be topped up so that’s what they are doing.
“That’s probably not a permanent solution but a temporary measure we are taking for safety,” she said.
In the meantime she said they don’t want to do anything else without the proper information and recommendations from the engineer.
“He is going to advise us on the next step.”
Teddy Zaghloul, senior property manager for Metcap, said the engineer not only recommended keeping the hole filled but also suggested a specific size of rock be used.
He said the hole has sunk only a few inches and the contractor is keeping it topped off.
“We are to keep it filled up until we get his report.
“The report should be back within a week and then we’ll know the next step and then we’ll have a permanent solution.”
A steel fence encloses a hole found near an apartment complex at 73 Dominion St. in Glace Bay, owned by Metcap Living of Dartmouth. Tenants are worried about the sinkhole but property management says an engineer has been on site and they are waiting for his report and recommendations.