Locals voice concerns over dilapidated gas bar

By Bryan Eneas
June 8, 2016 - 5:00pm Updated: June 8, 2016 - 6:03pm

An abandoned gas station has become a contentious issue for Ward 1 city councillor Charlene Miller.

On the corner of 16 St. and 15th Ave. W. lies a closed down Superwest gas station and Westview Market, which is becoming a breeding ground for pigeons and other pests. .

“This is a disgrace, and something needs to be done about it,” Miller said. “Why should our community have to look at this?”

Melanie Gudbranson, a resident of the neighbourhood is also upset about the old gas station.

“I know there are mice in there; they’ve dug their way into the building and I’ve seen them around lots,” Gudbranson said. “I have children who also attend Queen Mary’s (school) down the road.”

Miller said she would like to see the property decontaminated and filled in with something new.

“This is a thriving neighbourhood, we have a school just down the road where my children attend. That’s how I found out about it; my children came home one day talking about a dead bird they had seen in the window on the north side of the building,” Miller said.

A flock of about 10 to 15 pigeons have made roost in the rafters of the west building. Torn up insulation and pigeon feces pile up the western drive way directly underneath the rafters the pigeons call home. While a majority of the building is boarded up, dirty windows give a view of a closed down business in disarray.

“It’s almost like the landlord doesn’t feel the need to clean up,” Miller said.

By deadline, the landlords could not be reached for comment on the situation at the gas station.

 

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