Hollingsworth, Spina want report on this waterfront disgrace

Ward 1 councilors are seeking an update on property standards enforcement at the old hospital

As concerns grow about the condition of the former Sault Area Hospital sites, two city councilors will raise the issue on Monday at the new council’s first working meeting.

Ward 1 Coun. Sandra Hollingsworth and her rookie wardmate Sonny Spina will push for a staff report on property standards enforcement and any other action taken to clean up the former General and Plummer hospital sites.

The buildings and land that comprehend the old General and Plummer Hospital sites are currently owned by Leisure Meadows Community Living Inc., a corporation based in Vaughan, Ont.

Leisure Meadows purchased the properties in May 2019 for a combined $1.3 million, with plans to redevelop the waterfront land into condominiums and a long-term care facility.

A 47-minute video, recorded inside the hospital and posted three days ago on YouTube, shows the disgusting and dangerous conditions inside the building.

“Inside, the hospital looks like a war zone in parts and has been ravaged by time, with water intruding and causing mosses to grow, walls collapsing and even the wall surrounding one of the elevator shafts had collapsed,” the videographer reports.

Here’s the full text of the Hollingsworth-Spina resolution to be presented on Monday:

Request for an update regarding the former General and Plummer Hospitals

Mover: Coun. S. Hollingsworth
Second: Coun. S. Spina

While in 2006 and 2016, Sault Ste. Marie initiated a downtown development strategy with a focus on building a vibrant and mixed-use neighbourhood; and

Whereas the goal is to have the downtown serve as a center for entertainment, cultural, and retail experience, with a relatively greater degree of accessibility and mobility; and

Whereas a large sum of private and city investment has already taken place, giving the downtown new positive energy; and

Whereas the downtown is reviving amongst the great stock of impressive historic buildings; and

While the former General and Plummer hospital sites are located on the edge of the downtown and play a significant role in revitalizing the downtown core;

Now therefore be it resolved that staff report back to city council on December 12, 2022 regarding the status of property standards enforcement or other steps being taken with regard to the old hospital sites.

The first working meeting of the new city council will be live-streamed on SooToday starting at 4:30 pm

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