A DILAPIDATED council-managed building damaged in a suspicious fire earlier this year could be demolished at the expense of ratepayers.
The Scallywag Dog Training Centre in Latrobe Street was broken into and set alight on July 20. The Ballarat City Council, the appointed committee of management for the Crown land property, must now consider whether to fork out $10,000 to demolish the structure.
The council was told in May, weeks before the fire, the building was dilapidated and major expenses would be involved if it was going to continue to be offered for tenancy. This included the possible restumping of the building and the replacement of all roofing and guttering.
A report after the fire indicated an immediate spend of $3000 was needed to attend the damage caused, while another $35,000 to $40,000 would be required to address “other issues” in order to tenant the building to minimal standards.
Following the fire, broken glass remains strewn around the site and security fencing has been installed with signage requesting people keep away. Council officers have recommended the building be demolished at a cost of $10,000, taken from the council’s facilities management budget.
The Iris Ramsay Kindergarten was located on the site until the 1970s when a mine shaft caved in under the building and the kindergarten operations were moved to its current location in Lonsdale Street, Redan.
Councillors will consider the issue when they meet tonight.