Rat infestation prompts Murray River demolition
CBC News / Posted: Sep 12, 2013 7:50 AM AT
Murray River, P.E.I. is trying to quash its rodent problem through demolition, but some residents are hoping its not too late to save a century-old train station.
A post office, apartment building and grocery store on the once bustling Main Street will all be leveled this week.
The first to go will be an old woodworking shop.
While some residents lament the decades of history disappearing, Ralph Dort said he isn't shedding a tear.
"There [are] a lot of rats around. I had one in my basement last fall, and I had a heck of a time getting rid of him. And there's a lot of rat droppings in my garage,” he said.
Dort and his neighbours blame the derelict buildings for the village's rat problem. Dort said the vermin are hurting property values in the area.
"I'm hoping that they'll all disappear and they're doing it right now. So hopefully it'll be landscaped and turned into something nice,” he said.
The province's plan is to eventually widen and straighten the main road. But not everyone is on board with the change.
In June, village council chair Garnet Buell launched a campaign to preserve the village’s 109-year-old train station.
"There's not too many of these stations left. They're pretty well gone,” he said. The province pardoned the station from demolition.
It's now up to the village to decide if it's willing to spend the money to preserve it.
Council will debate the issue in the coming weeks.
The following are images I photographed on my computer screen of the buildings to be demolished from the Google Streetview website - 9476 Main Street South, Murray River.
The old train station was moved behind these buildings years ago and used as a storage building - the local Council wants to restore it - some day tear it down too. The rest of the buildings in the images below will be demolished, and soon!