It sits empty and fenced up. It’s been over a year since the City of Prince George suspended the business license for the Connaught Motor Inn.
“There are a number of conditions, I think totaling about 20 conditions, that were required before the business license could be reinstated,” says Fred Crittenden, the Manager of Bylaw Service for the City of Prince George. “To date, we do not have any of those conditions being met, or have been notified that they have complied with any of them. So the status of the Connaught Inn remains the same as it has for the past year.”
The City’s Office has not heard from business owner, Joe Carhoun, for a long time. In the meantime, the City continues to monitor the property. “If the building deteriorates, or becomes a public nuisance or we feel it has become unsafe, we can go back to council and ask for remedial action towards the building,” says Crittenden. “Whether that be some provisions to bring it up to standard, or in the ultimate case demolition if required.”
Taxes on the property would have to be unpaid for a number of years before the City could take possession.
“I’m not a real estate expert but it is at a very visible corner as you enter the downtown area,” says Crittenden. “So I am sure there is some value there that the property owner wouldn’t simply want to walk away from.”