Penhorwood condo owners hope
demolition is start of end
13 January 2015
Nearly four years after condo owners abandoned their homes after they
were deemed unsafe, Fort McMurray’s Penhorwood buildings are set to be
Work will begin Thursday as crews begin knocking down the first of
seven buildings that residents were forced to evacuate on a cold night
in March 2011.
“It’s one step closer to closing this page in a nightmare,” said Tammi
She was one of more than 300 residents given just minutes to leave near
midnight, after inspectors deemed the seven-building, 168-unit complex
structurally unsound. Now, she’s glad to see the building that cost her
hundreds of thousands of dollars go down.
The condo properties are boarded up, but owners had to continue paying
their mortgages and condo fees — plus rent for alternate accommodations.
The head of the condo board said it was enough to force some into
“The owners are absolutely ecstatic that this horrible eyesore and
horrible disaster for them is finally coming down,” said Christine
The municipality of Wood Buffalo has set aside $3 million to pay for
the work and will not be asking residents to reimburse them.
In 2011, condo owners voted to borrow $35 million to rebuild the
complex, a plan that depended on winning a complicated lawsuit against
Demolition is expected to be complete by mid-February.