The notorious Harbourview Apartments will come before council on Monday as part of their nuisance property process.
City staff say police were called to the 3rd avenue complex 95 times last year, and 15 times already this year. The fire department was called to the former Frigstad apartments 26 times, bylaw 7 times, and city works have come by on multiple occasions to clean up garbage.
City staff have recommended the Harbourview Apartments be added to the nuisance property bylaw list that includes the Beaufort Hotel, Carlson Building on Argyle, and former CJAV building on 3rd Avenue.
Randy Brown, who owns the old radio station building and is part owner of the Harbourview, says many of his tenants have mental illnesses and are difficult to house and even harder to evict, especially since there are few services available to them.
Brown says until there are better housing options for mentally ill people, he is providing that service.
The city has had issues with the building’s condition for the past few years, and by declaring it a nuisance means the city can charge the owners for all non-emergency calls to the building.
Council will vote on the issue at their upcoming Monday night meeting.