Carbonear offal plant coming down

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Work on the demolition on the Carbonear offal plant began this week after being left untouched for over a decade.

Officials with the Town of Carbonear have been tightlipped about the potential sale of an iconic building in the town, which has been an eyesore for years.

The offal plant located at 71 Lower South Side Road in the town has been closed for more than a decade, and a demolition order was placed on the building early last fall, but not much progress has taken place until early this week.

Some headway was made when heavy equipment machinery was brought to the site May 20 and demolition began on the exterior of the building.

So far there is no indication to who currently owns the building.

In an email exchange earlier this month with Town Administrator Cynthia Davis, the town could not release any information on if or when the sale took place, or to whom until additional information is supplied to them.

“The town can’t confirm anything on a sale until a supplementary assessment is received from the Municipal Assessment Agency,” she wrote.

The Compass has learned through a discussion with an onsite worker a company from Conception Bay South was hired to remove the metal from the building, but he could not confirm if the entire building would have the same fate.

One side of the structure has already been taken down, and yellow caution tape has been put up to elude trespassers.

Mayor Sam Slade was unaware if the building has been bought, but is happy the demolition work has begun because of the unsafe nature of the building.

“We’re pleased to see it coming down, especially since there was talk of needles being found there,” Slade said. “Wherever kids can find a place to get in out of the weather, or for some, to shoot up, they’ll go. It’s very unfortunate the plant was one of these places.”


For more on this story please see the May 28 print edition of The Compass.

Organizations: The Compass, Municipal Assessment Agency

Geographic location: Carbonear, 71 Lower South Side Road

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