UPDATE: Stop work order issued after wall buckles at Royal Hotel
A stop work order has been issued by the Ministry of Labour while officials investigate what caused a structural failure at the historic Royal Hotel in downtown Picton on Wednesday.
Prince Edward County's chief building official was notified Wednesday after part of the east wall buckled. The Coach's Pub next door and the apartments above it were evacuated as a precaution. There were no injuries.
The building has been under renovation for some time.
A release from the Royal Hotel notes structural engineers and safety crews are working with officials from Prince Edward County and the Ministry of Labour in examining the site, and that safeguard are being put in place to ensure the eastern wall is secure.
“As you can imagine this is very upsetting,” states hotel developer, Greg Sorbara, in the release. “The safety of our construction team and neighbours is paramount. While it is too early to determine the exact cause and the extent of damage we are working around the clock with the professionals examining the site to gain a full understanding of what happened”.
Mayor Robert Quaiff said the brick wall and the foundation of the hotel both show signs of partial failure.
He said they have issued an unsafe building order to the Coach's Pub, which will remain vacant until the issue is resolved.
There is no word at this time on the status of the people living in the apartments.
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