Mo­bile home torn down

Mini-home park owner on the hook for de­mo­li­tion in Summerside

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE PROVINCE - BY NANCY MACPHEE

The owner of a Summerside mini-home park has picked up the de­mo­li­tion costs to tear down a derelict property within its bound­aries.

The property at 9 Grant Dr., within the Vi­vian Lee Park, was re­cently torn down at the city’s re­quest.

Fi­nance di­rec­tor, Rob Philpott, said the city planned to pay the com­pany that did the work and in­voice the property owner, Gar­den Prov­ince Real­tors Ltd., for the cost.

But Blake Waite, with Gar­den Prov­ince Real­tors, said his com­pany al­ready paid the de­mo­li­tion costs and ad­di­tional costs to clear out the aban­doned mo­bile home.

“We’re look­ing af­ter it all. The city is not in­volved in any of the costs,” said Waite.

The state of the more than 40year-old aban­doned mo­bile home had been dis­cussed at pre­vi­ous coun­cil meet­ings.

The home sat va­cant for some time.

Its owner, a client of the Depart­ment of Health and Well­ness’ adult pro­tec­tion pro­gram, is now re­sid­ing in a lo­cal villa.

A case­worker had gone to the home in the sum­mer and re­fused to en­ter.

An en­vi­ron­men­tal health of­fi­cer, along with the city’s build­ing of­fi­cer, later went to in­spect the home, find­ing it un­locked and, too, re­fused to en­ter due to its state.

A “dan­ger­ous and haz­ardous build­ing” no­tice was placed on the property and its wa­ter and elec­tric­ity dis­con­nected.

Waite said the cost to de­mol­ish the home was about $5,700.

“It is pretty close to $12,000 we are out of pocket so far,” said Waite.

“We had to clear the home out of the con­tents, rent a dump­ster and all that kind of stuff.”

He added that the lot is now cleared and ready for a new home.

Philpott

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