(Sydenham Current)

The former Kent Tavern in Wallaceburg is set to be demolished.

The Municipality of Chatham-Kent Bid Opportunities Website indicates a tender in the amount of $61,722 was awarded to the lowest bidder, Deer Landltd Equipment Leasing Inc., out of Loretto, Ontario.

A total of 10 bids were received for the demolition work of the 575 Wallace Street property, with the highest being $344,650.

The tender had been posted on September 11, closed on September 28 and was awarded on October 2.

While a timeline for the demolition has not been confirmed, the scope of the work on the tender, included: “Demolition of vacant commercial building and the removal of all interior debris, leaving the property in a clean, level and graded condition with clean soil.”

The former strip club was in the news back in April of 2016 when a complaint was received by the Municipality about bricks falling off of the buildings facade.

Paul Lacina, Chatham-Kent’s chief building official, told the Sydenham Current back in 2016 that police officers and firefighters were dispatched to the building at the time to deal with the situation. You can read the story, here.

As of Wednesday morning, October 10, 2018, fencing could be seen around the building, which sits along the Sydenham River on the south-side of Wallaceburg.

We’ll provide more details when they become available.