Work on the former A&B Sound building to comply with a safety and security order, issued by the city following complaints about homeless people camping around the structure, could begin as early as next week. (News Bulletin file photo)

Alcoves to be boarded up at A&B Sound building

Work could start next week to meet city safety and security order

The owner of the former A&B Sound building at the corner of Commercial Street and Terminal Avenue will board up the building’s alcoves and hire an engineering firm to study the building’s structural integrity.

Both actions resulted from an order to remediate fire and safety hazards that was issued by Nanaimo Fire Rescue last week after homeless people set up camps in the building’s exterior doorways and alcoves and the camps were removed by the city.

Alan Millbank, Nanaimo Fire Rescue fire prevention officer, said Thursday, March 8, that Steiner Properties has hired a contractor to board over the building’s exterior nooks and crannies and work could start as early as next week.

As for the engineering study, Millbank said the building owner will have to hire an engineering firm and have a scope of the work to be done drawn up, which will have to be approved by the city so a permit can be issued to do the work.

Millbank said Steiner Properties responded the day he issued the safety order.

“I expect I’ll have some action starting next week sometime,” Millbank said. “That’s for the board-up part. The structural stuff is probably going to take a little longer. I don’t expect that’s going to happen for at least a month or six weeks.”

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