© Wendy Elliott
Wolfville ordered 14 Gaspereau Ave. vacated in November. –
Wolfville CAO Josh Pyrcz told town council Jan. 7 that the owner of the apartment units at 14 Gaspereau Avenue knew that the power was going to be disconnected on Oct. 31.
“Recently, the town has discovered,” said Pyrcz, “that this was not communicated to the resident in unit six.”
As a result, Peter Brown, who was living in a separate unit, had his power cut off just before Christmas.
Pyrcz said it was the provincial fire marshal’s office that issued the order to disconnect power due to safety reasons.
“Should the main structure catch fire, there is an extreme risk to the structure and tenant in unit six,” he said.
Brown said Jan. 11 that his unit was recently boarded up like the main building. He hopes to find alternative housing and gain access to his belongings.
On Nov. 26, Wolfville council upheld an order to vacate the main building due to significant repair issues with the older building.
“The town has wanted the unsightly, unsafe premises bylaws and safety codes enforced and this is an extremely unfortunate incident that is a consequence of that enforcement,” Pyrcz said.
The last tenant moved out of the main building on Oct. 16 and Brown’s power was turned off Dec. 19.
A spokesman for Cavanagh told council in November that he intends to improve the property and that he needs time.