While many of the stores downtown have certainly improved their physical appearances through the “Paint Prince Rupert” campaign last summer…it appears there are still MANY downtown buildings that are in DESPERATE need of some TLC, at the very least a good POWER WASH. The downtown is the signature of this city and it is time for some of the worst offenders to be called out publicly for the disgusting state of their buildings.
10 WORST OFFENDERS:
1.) Old Empress Pub/Hotel owned by City Furniture - Time for this building to be cleaned up, it is one of the biggest eyesores in the downtown core. City Furniture is using this building for their inventory. Time to fix the ugly rusted roof, barely there tiles and rotting signage.
2.) Moby Dick Inn - While it is great to see them cleaning up one side of their building with a mural by Jeff King…how about powerwashing the other 3 sides, which look in VERY desperate need.
3.) Prince Rupert Hotel - What happened to the planned paint job and such for this building? The outside is in depesperate need of a good powerwash and the old Coast signage needs to be removed completely, the entire building is coasted in a black sludge in some areas. For a storied hotel like this one, that is pretty embarassing.
4.) Raffles Inn - Again, a simple powerwash of the building would do WONDERS and probably attract more business. The vinyl sides of the building are looked pretty green/brown. BIG eyesore.
5.) Famous Players - Time for a paint job, especially where the old “Coming Attraction” signs used to be on the side of the building, which are just 3 concrete slabs, mismatched with the rest of the building, it looks pretty bad. They have been in this state for some time now.
6.) 2nd Avenue Medical Building - For a doctors clinic, you think they would be able to afford a new sign, one that is not rotting beyond all repair, its highly embarassing for the group of doctors running that clinic.
7.) DC Computer Repairs - Please remove the 1 foot bushes growing out of your gutters and powerwash/fix your building.
8.) Highliner Inn - Again, this building is showing its age. It is in desperate need of some awnings, updated signage and good powerwashing, the green grime growing on the building looks awful and is one of the first things seen by people coming into this town when they are dropped off there from the airport bus.
9.) CITY HALL - Rather than wasting money on a new sign for the Civic Centre, a good powerwashing to get rid of the green/black moss or mold growing all over the building would be a better use of tax payer money. Also a new paint job could not hurt.
10.) Old Totem Bingo Hall - Another HUGE eyesore…how the city has allowed this building to remain in the state it is in for so many years is beyond all logical thinking. CLEAN THIS BUILDING UP!
There are many other buildings that just need some simple powerwashing…take some pride in your store front local business owners and a huge THANK YOU to all of those business/building owners downtown who are doing a good job of keeping their exteriors clean and updated.
If anyone else feels some business deserve to be called out, add them to the list here.