June 6 Update
The property at 103 Mason has been razed.
May 19 Update:
The city has appropriated the necessary funds and approvals to raze the property. Surveys are being conducted in the next week prior to the commencement of work.
May 7 Update:
Court proceedings are moving forward. The property owner defaulted at the magistrate hearing and now is going to a criminal complaint. A survey is planned with the Building Inspector, Fire Chief, City Engineer and disinterested party (required by law) of the property. This is the first step towards demolition in case we determine the structure meets the standard to necessitate removal.
April 14 Update:
A court date on April 9 has been set up to determine if a decision to demolish or repair will be met.
March 19 Update:
Councillor Prevey will be meeting with the building inspector on Thursday, March 12th. The owner has no money to repair the property, so the city will be looking into having the building razed.
Feb 19 Update:
It is likely the owner cannot afford to restore the house, which means likely it will be torn down by the city, as it is a fire hazard.
Feb 9 update:
The building inspector, Tom St. Pierre, has been contacted by Ward 6 Councilor Paul Prevey regarding the burned out house at 103 Mason Street. If the building inspector believes that the building is secured, then the owner can do without a fire alarm system temporarily, but not on a long term basis.
Mr Pierre is in contact with the owner of 103 Mason St., and has set a deadline of March 1st for the owner to have installed a fire alarm, or the house has to be brought down.
He agrees the property is a safety hazard and goes by every few days to check and make sure the building is secured and no one has broken in.
The fire-damaged propery at 103 Mason Street is uninhabitable, is home to abandoned vehicle(s), and is an ongoing safety hazard for the neighborhood. The house may be demolished in the future, but as this is privately owned property, city action may be limited.