Coach’s Pub and residents living in apartments above were evacuated late Wednesday following structural concerns with the east wall of Picton’s Royal Hotel.
A failure in the foundation and brick wall has caused a portion to buckle. An area below a window to the foundation is cracked and sunken (see photos below).
Mayor Robert Quaiff said the County had to issue an “Unsafe Building Order” to the owners of Coachs to ensure the building stays vacated until the issue is resolved.
“The Ministry of Labor has also been notified,” he said. “And a recovery plan by engineers is being discussed this evening (Wednesday).
A danger sign noting ‘no entry, closed until further notice’ has been posted at the parking lot end of the walkway between the two buildings. The Main Street end is blocked by a wooden barricade.
Official comment is as yet unavailable.
At the end of March, a crane was brought in to remove shoring towers as part of the redevelopment.
Restoration work under way for the historic building, includes the brickwork, wood cornice and installation of new windows. The hotel was constructed circa 1881. It has been vacant for many years, resulting in significant deterioration. Character defining elements too severely deteriorated to repair are being replaced with new elements that match original forms, materials and detailing.
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