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A build­ing, which was once a Har­bour Grace land­mark, has be­come an eysore and a safety haz­ard. It has also be­come a real headache for the town.

The build­ing quickly be­came an eye­sore.

Ac­cord­ing to Coombs the con­di­tion de­te­ri­o­rated to the point where the town, un­der the Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties Act, was forced to is­sue a clean up or­der to the owner.

“ We didn’t have any other choice, the build­ing was be­ing de­stroyed,” says Coombs. “ We were ei­ther go­ing to have a fire on our hands or it was go­ing to fall down on some­one.”

When the owner didn’t make any ef­fort to clean up the prop­erty, the town as­sumed the re­spon­si­bil­ity.

The gov­ern­ment closed down the busi­ness, there­fore I’m guess­ing the owner just didn’t have the money to clean it up,” says Coombs.

The town went looking for some­one to hire to clean the site up.

“ We ad­ver­tised twice be­fore we got a com­pany will­ing to take it on,” says Coombs.

EYE­SORE - The mayor of Har­bour Grace says gov­ern­ment should foot the bill for the cost of de­mol­ish­ing the for­mer Kyle’s Land­ing Ho­tel at the cor­ner of Wa­ter and Vic­to­ria Streets.

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