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Foundry site owners ordered to clean up

A fire at an abandoned foundry on Willard Street in January damaged buildings on the site. Now the city wants the owners to clean it up. - MARIO BARTEL/NEWSLEADER FILE
A fire at an abandoned foundry on Willard Street in January damaged buildings on the site. Now the city wants the owners to clean it up.
— image credit: MARIO BARTEL/NEWSLEADER FILE

The City of Burnaby wants the owners of the old Globe Foundry to clean the property up.

Or the city will do the work itself and bill them.

The foundry, at 7647 Willard St. in South Burnaby, closed in 2011. Since then the site has become a destination for the dumping of garbage, building materials and even abandoned vehicles.

"The situation is worsening with additional dumping taking place on the now vacant site," said a report to council.

In January the Burnaby Fire Department battled a blaze that severely damaged buildings on the site, the second fire at the foundry in less than a year. And on May 26, 2013, two people were found dead in a construction trailer at the site, asphyxiated by fumes from a gas heater.

The report said the city has received five complaints from the public about the site since November, but attempts to its owners to comply with Burnaby's unsightly premises bylaw have been unsuccessful.

If the owners don't pay the bill for the cleanup, the cost will be added to their outstanding property taxes.

 

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