Di­lap­i­dated con­di­tion

Stephenvil­le Mayor Tom Rose wants for­mer women’s pen­i­ten­tiary taken down

The Western Star - - CLOSE TO HOME - BY FRANK GALE [email protected]­ern­star.com

STEPHENVIL­LE – Mayor Tom Rose said the for­mer women’s pen­i­ten­tiary in Stephenvil­le is now pos­ing a safety con­cern and its time for the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment to have the build­ing de­mol­ished be­fore some­one is in­jured or worse.

The build­ing was aban­doned back in the 1980’s when the prov­ince closed the prison in favour of op­er­at­ing a women’s pen­i­ten­tiary in Clarenvill­e.

Since that time the build­ing has been de­te­ri­o­rat­ing, while two other build­ings near it have since been de­mol­ished.

“It has be­come a real eye­sore and, worse than that, part of the roof lifted off dur­ing the Do­rian storm and there’s more to come,” Rose said.

“Some­one is going to get hurt of killed if some­thing is not done.”

Rose feels its time for im­me­di­ate ac­tion, es­pe­cially since the build­ing is close to the West Coast Cor­rec­tional Cen­tre and Col­lege of the North At­lantic, with work­ers and stu­dents from those in­sti­tu­tions park­ing their ve­hi­cles nearby.

The town has sent a let­ter to the De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion and Works, which is re­spon­si­ble for the build­ing, re­quest­ing its de­mo­li­tion pri­mar­ily from a safety per­spec­tive but also be­cause it’s such an eye­sore in the town.

A sim­i­lar re­quest had pre­vi­ously been made by a for­mer town coun­cil. The West­ern Star has asked the De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion and Works about the sta­tus of the build­ing, but there was no re­ply from the de­part­ment as of dead­line.

“Some­one is going to get hurt of killed if some­thing is not done.” Mayor Tom Rose

STAR FILE PHOTO FRANK GALE/

Mayor Tom Rose shows a piece of roof­ing that blew off the for­mer women’s pen­i­ten­tiary in Stephenvil­le dur­ing the Do­rian storm.

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