C-K still working with owners of old hotel

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By Michael Bennett
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
The Ridgetown Independent

The Chatham-Kent building development services department continues to work with the owners of the Arlington Hotel in Ridgetown.

Municipal engineers went through the Main Street building recently to investigate the progress made by the owners since they announced their intentions on Feb. 21 to repair the 129-year-old building.

Paul Lacina, director of building development services, said the owners had requested additional information on their repair requirements.

The building, which opened in 1885 and closed in 2019, has fallen into disarray with serious structural issues.

The municipality boarded up windows and placed cement barriers around the property on Feb. 11 for the safety of pedestrians and vehicles at the Main Street East and Albert Avenue intersection after bricks fell from an exterior corner.

Lacina said the municipality will work with the owners and will hold off on any demolition orders “as long as they’re moving forward and working towards a solution.”

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