Crews begin demolition Saturday on this abandoned home on the corner of Petersen and Cheviot Roads. The home has been levelled after the city notified the owners that it had to be taken down.

Abandoned home demolished

An abandoned home on the corner of Cheviot and Petersen Roads is no longer standing

An abandoned home on the corner of Cheviot and Petersen Roads is no longer standing.

The dilapidated house, which has been the topic of much debate, was demolished over the weekend and crews were still working to clear out the property as of Monday afternoon.

The owners of the home secured a demolition permit after the city notified the owners months ago that the building needed to come down.

There was a delay, however, because of scheduling conflicts with the company hired to remove asbestos from the home.

The issue of how to deal with vacant buildings has been debated by city council for much of this year.

Council is expected to discuss a new bylaw dealing with vacant buildings in December or January, during 2015 financial planning.

City Clerk Peter Wipper said it’s estimated there are between 30 to 50 vacant buildings in Campbell River and as long as the building is boarded up and secure, the city’s hands are tied when it comes to pressing the issue of demolition.

An empty home at 501 Colwyn Street has previously raised the ire of home owners in that neighbourhood. The owner has in the past been served with notice to tidy up the property but because it’s boarded up, it’s considered safe and secure by the city, Wipper told the Mirror last year.