Town ‘eyesore’ going to auction again

Melissa Jenkins
Published on March 23, 2015
The former Easy Save Building in Carbonear has drawn much critism from residents and councillors in the past decade, and many are pushing for it to be torn down.
Photo by Melissa Jenkins

A property in the Town of Carbonear that houses a dilapidated building is going to auction.

For the second time in several years, 234 Water Street, the location of the former Easy Save building, will be up for grabs. Taxes for the property are in arrears, and the town has decided to go ahead and auction it to recoup the losses.

When this process happened previously, the taxes were paid just prior to the auction. This prohibited the town from selling the property, leaving what some consider a pink and blue eyesore still standing.

An ad in this week’s Compass says the property known as the Surprise Bag Company, the name of the most recent business to set up shop at that address, will go to auction April 23 at 2 p.m. at the town’s council chamber.

Locals have been calling for the removal of the structure for years. It is located at the start of the town’s downtown historic district and directly next to the Stone Jug, a multi-million dollar restaurant that is set to open this spring.

A call for proposals to demolish the building was issued in September.

Until the auction, it is uncertain if the building will torn down right away, but councillors and locals are hoping for a solution to the problem soon.

Information on the property is available by contacting town clerk Cathy Somers at 596-8381.