In following up with the City about the old General Hospital site, SaultOnline reached out for comment to Tessa Vecchio, Communications Manager.
She was able to connect with Chief Building Officer, Freddie Pozzebon, to provide a response to our inquiry.
In regards to ownership of the property-
Pozzebon -The City has never owned this property. The hospital property was sold to a private developer, who has since sold it to another development corporation. The property is private property.
Q-In regards to the numerous complaints by neighbours about the situation deteriorating quickly at the site, please see the exchange below-
Pozzebon – The City has not received numerous complaints, only two recently. One was regarding the tall grass which the owner has cut and the second is an Order to Remedy regarding the parking lot. A third Order to Remedy issued by the By-Enforcement Officer is regarding the securing of the building. This was done through a proactive approach by our office to periodically review the two buildings.
In the past the City has issued Orders against the first owner which followed the sale to the second owner. Those orders were appealed and considerable time was spent defending those appeals, until a resolution was reached and compliance with the orders met.
Q-Where does the city stand with the new owner about the site? I know it was sold for an undisclosed amount of money, however, should the site not still need to meet all applicable by-laws?
Pozzebon – The owner was in compliance with the past orders that were issued under the previous Property Standards by-law – vacant building provisions. The owner of the building is contacted when new issues arise on the site, plywood removed etc. It is the owner’s responsibility to keep the building secure from trespassers.
Stay with SaultOnline as we continue to dig into the condition of this and other buildings inside the city.