KITCHENER – A crumpled garage door sits in a mangled metal frame at one side of the driveway.
Chunks of concrete – with long fingers of rusty rebar pointing into the air – are piled on the front lawn. Behind them, unfinished walls rise with a skid of food blocking the front door.
Welcome to 79 Hickson Dr., where abandoned metal I-beams stretch out across the edge of the front sidewalk at the T-intersection of Hickson and Craig drives.
The backyard is a mountain of dirt and rocks and a dug-out moat of water where the foundation of a torn-down home is to be expanded.
Patience is wearing thin on the edge of the Stanley Park Conservation Area.
“This debacle has been going on for two years now,” said Paul Harrison, a Hickson resident with five kids. “I see this as going another winter with nothing happening.”
Earlier this week, neighbours say, fencing around the property was removed. Now, the excavated site is open and exposed. On Thursday morning, there was no activity.
City building inspector Jenny Taylor inspected the property on Wednesday. The owner was told fencing had to be in place by the end of the day on Thursday. If the owner doesn’t put up a fence, the city will hire a company to go in and do so.
“With that open excavation, it’s dangerous,” said Paul Bomans, who lives in the home next door. “It’s all water down there. If a small kid went in there, they could easily drown if they fell and hit their head.”
Troubles began last year when the owner, without a permit, took the…