Chafe house could be demolished if repairs become too costly

Residents learn the Saxe Point Park house doesn't have to stay up indefinitely

 

If upkeep of a house in Esquimalt’s Saxe Point Park becomes too expensive, council will have the option of having the structure torn down.

The home at 398 Fraser St. was bequeathed to the township by Walter and Eva Chafe, along with $37,768.51 to cover maintenance of the structure. The township took possession last November, and spent $45,000 from the township’s capital project reserve fund to give the house a wheelchair ramp and other accessibility features.

Residents, concerned the aging house will one day be a drain on taxpayers, learned Monday night the home won’t have to be maintained indefinitely.

Council can decide to have the house, currently used by the youth anti-violence Rock Solid Foundation, demolished “if it became cost prohibitive,” said Laurie Hurst, Esquimalt’s CAO.

But Esquimalt resident Rod Lavergne wasn’t pleased by the demolition option.

“Who’s going to pay for removal of that building if it ever happens?” he asked council.