Photo: A fire in 2009 destroyed what was left of the Fort Hotel – Adam Reaburn/Energeticcity.ca
Correction – Earlier this week the Mayor had stated the deadline to pay the outstanding property taxes was Monday. City staff have since notified us that the date is actually Tuesday at 10:15am.
According to the property owners realtor, the Fort Hotel, will soon transfer to the City of Fort St. John.
In a comment posted Friday on Energeticcity.ca, realtor Kevin Pearson says the owner of the Fort Hotel will let the City have the property and will not be paying the outstanding taxes. According to Pearson, the owner said “he has decided to donate the property to the city.”
The comment goes on to say, “the owner has had much grief and financial hardship over this property over the past several years and has decided that he did not want anything to with it anymore.”
The owner of the Fort Hotel, Michael Seo, has until Monday at 10am to pay the back taxes owed on the property. If that deadline isn’t met, the City would take control of the property.
Earlier this week, Mayor Lantz stated if the City gained control of the property, they would immediately start the process of cleaning up the mess. In the 2010 budget the City has allocated $250,000 for the clean up.
In April of 2008, Fort St. John City Council voted to declare the Fort Hotel a nuisance property. In May of 2009, the building caught fire and was completely destroyed. The City purchased Fort Hotel in a property tax sale in 2009 for $72,000.