Friday April 18, 2014

Cache Creek takes action on derelict building

‘If you want us to skip town, let us know,’ threatens owner

The Village of Cache Creek is taking legal action against the Kamloops owner of Oasis Hotel, claiming the property is unsafe and poses risk to the public.

The village filed a lawsuit in B.C. Supreme Court seeking access for a host of agencies to better assess the building’s safety. Those include professionals from Interior Health Authority, public works, building and fire inspectors as well as structural engineers.

The village is also seeking its legal costs.

The vacant, two-storey building is visible from the Trans-Canada Highway and attached to the Oasis Hotel by a walkway. It is owned by Joe Carhoun.

In its statement of claim, the village said it has worked for the past two years to get the property cleaned up. Visible inside glass-fronted former commercial shops are “dozens” of dead pigeons.

There is water damage and potential structural damage, it said.

The building poses a fire risk, particularly dangerous because it is connected to the hotel, the village argues.

In a letter written in October and filed as part of the documents, Carhoun said he intends to put a new roof on the building in the spring.

“We are simply waiting for the economy to turn around to proceed,” he wrote the village’s administrator.

“Cache Creek has not changed population in 20 years. So investing must be very carefully done or one loses money operating.”

Oasis Hotel Ltd. has yet to file a statement of defence. None of the allegations are proven or have been heard in court.

“I have plans,” Carhoun continued in his letter to the village. “We are underway on this. If you want us to skip town, let us know.”

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