© Prince Albert Fire Department photo
Members of the Prince Albert Fire Department are seen practicing a confined space rescue at the now defunct Suzy Cues billiards hall, liquor store and hotel, at 18 15th St. E. The building’s new owner, Venice House owner Tony Yannacoulias, has a request in to city council for the building’s demolition.
A prominent downtown building is slated for demolition -- an action that requires approval of city council.
As previously reported in the Daily Herald, the Suzy Cues billiards hall, liquor store and hotel at 18 15th St. E. closed earlier this year and has been purchased by Venice House Restaurant owner Tony Yannacoulias.
Yannacoulias’s intention is to tear down the building – an action city administration backs in a report to council.
“The planning and development services department has no issues with the
demolition permit being issued,” development co-ordinator Kim Pedersen wrote. “The building is presently not in use and is boarded up.”
Not only that, but the Prince Albert Fire Department has been destroying the building from the inside out during training exercise that have been taking place since the beginning of October.
Requesting more information in advance of next week’s meeting, Coun. Ted Zurakowski cautioned council against a quick approval, during Monday’s executive committee meeting.
“It is in our downtown area, so I think we all need to be concerned,” he said.
Suggesting his endorsement of the building’s demolition, Mayor Greg Dionne jokingly suggested an amendment to the motion, with the city sending a thank you letter to Yannacoulias for tearing it down.
Yannacoulias’ intention is to replace the building with a parking lot for his restaurant.
Powering through Monday’s executive committee meeting in a near-record 20 minutes, the city’s elected officials skimmed over a handful of other items, including but not limited to the following.
With Monday’s meeting preparation for next week’s city council meeting, decisions are tentative until Monday, Oct. 28.
• Denial of a tax exemption for the Northern Prairie Dancers has been tentatively agreed to by city council.
The city’s elected officials were in agreement with city administration in the denial, with administration citing a lack of financial statements as a key reason.
The organization, under Northern Prairie Arts and Cultural Studios, made the $18,100 request for properties at 969 First Ave. E. and 80 10th St. E.
• Riverside Drive residents are pushing for the closing of the street at its westerly city limits in an effort to slow traffic.
• Earlier executive committee meetings might be in the works for July and August, 2014, with administration recommending a 2 p.m. start time instead of their current 4 p.m. start.
• Bring your own cell phones to work, city employees might be told in the near future – a move that would save the city between $9,600 and $34,000 per year. Employees would be reimbursed for their cell phone use.