Courtenay poised to take action to erase eyesore — and send bill to owner

The Nanaimo owner of a fire-ravaged property has just over a week left to clean up the site before the City of Courtenay steps in.

The Nanaimo owner of the fire-ravaged property where Just’n Tyme used to sit has just over a week left to clean up the site before the City of Courtenay steps in.

“There’s been no action by the owners that I can see, so the City — after the deadline of June 30 — the City will be proceeding to tear it down,” Courtenay director of legislative services John Ward told the Record. “And it’ll be at the expense of the owners.”

Council passed a motion declaring the site at 1094 McKenzie Ave. — previously Buckerfield’s — as a nuisance in May. The property owner was given six weeks to demolish and remove the building and all contents on the property, fill and level it, and plant it with perennial plants.

If the owner fails to clean up the site, the City will ensure the work is completed, but will add the expense to the owner’s property taxes.

The building was destroyed by fire at the end of September, but the site is still filled with fire debris, including product, even though the lengthy fire investigation is now complete.

Ward said the property owner has been notified, as well as other charge holders such as people with mortgages on the title.

“It’s all been done and I’ve heard nothing, literally nothing,” said Ward, adding the City won’t touch the property until June 30, but will put out tenders for the work as soon as the date is past.

“We’ve been preparing it for a little while so we’ll be ready to go right after the deadline,” said Ward. “We’ll be, as quickly as possible, putting out a tender for contractors to tear it down.”

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