Ten­ants want ac­tion

Com­plex man­age­ment says it is fol­low­ing en­gi­neer’s ad­vice

Cape Breton Post - - Glace Bay/New Waterford & Area - BY SHARON MONT­GOMERY-DUPE smont­gomery@cb­post.com

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.”

SHARON MONT­GOMERY-DUPE/CAPE BRE­TON POST

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.

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