The former the old Colwood Inn sits behind a chain-link fence, up on blocks behind the former Capital City Centre site in Colwood. The Onni Group has offered the building up to anyone that wants it. (Gazette file photo)

Onni Group offers up the old Colwood pub for free

If the pub isn’t moved by Oct. 15, the building will be demolished

The fate of the old Colwood pub now hangs in the balance.

The Onni Group – the Vancouver-based developer of the Colwood Corners site – has announced it will gift the old building to any party interested in taking ownership of it. The pub is being offered free of charge but the new owner will have to pay for any costs related to its removal or transportation from the Colwood site.

Onni is asking that anyone interested in the building submit an application by Sept. 30. Once a person or group is chosen to take ownership a formal contract will be signed and the structure must be removed from the site by Oct. 15 or it will be demolished.

READ MORE: Old Colwood pub’s future uncertain

“We’ve received a lot of interest in the future of the old Colwood pub. While, unfortunately, we are not able to refurbish or restore the building into operable conditions at the Colwood Corners site, we understand that it may hold nostalgia for many in the community, and so we want to allow the opportunity and creative ability to further its lifespan,” Rodney Rao, Onni development manager, in a statement.

READ MORE: Colwood developer to relocate CrossRoads publ building

While it is most well-known as the Colwood Inn, the pub was most recently operated as the Cross Roads Bar and Grill. But the 1936 Tudor-style building has been siting behind a fence on blocks since it was relocated on the Colwood Corners site back in 2012 to make way for the Capital City Centre development project that never materialized.

READ MORE: Work to get underway on Colwood Corners site this month

Onni inherited the building when it took over ownership of the site. The first phase of the Colwood Corners development will include three residential buildings and 152,000-square-feet of commercial space featuring four anchor tenants. A development permit has been issued and this phase is expected to be completed by 2020.

To submit a request for the pub, email rrao@onni.com.

editor@goldstreamgazette.com

Just Posted

Oak Bay one step closer to deer immunocontraceptive test

Up to 80 deer could be given ‘birth control’ vaccine in the fall

Parents still seek clarity for future of Victor School

Motion avoided to remove special needs Victor School from boundary review proposal

Head of Victoria homebuilders says provincial budget won’t solve housing crisis

Casey Edge of Victoria Residential Builders Association dismisses more modular housing as a band-aid

Two missing Victoria children found safe

VicPD responded to two separate missing children calls Tuesday

Study moves Oak Bay closer to contraceptive control for problem deer

The report says between 78 and 128 black tail deer live in the affluent beach-side community

VIDEO: Massive elk herd runs across Washington State highway

Elk have been making an appearance in the Pacific Northwest

Greater Victoria Wanted List for the week of Feb. 19

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

$10-a-day child care not in 2019 budget, but advocate not irked

Sharon Gregson with the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of B.C. says NDP on track to deliver promise

Winter storm freezes U.S., halts air travel

Storm dumps snow or heavy rain, snarls travel in much of U.S.

Gwyneth Paltrow: Skier sued me to exploit my fame, wealth

The incident happened in Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah

B.C. Seniors Advocate questions labour shortage in care homes

Are there really no workers, or are care aide wages too low?

B.C. business groups worry about looming economic decline in wake of NDP budget

The party’s second government budget focused on plenty of spending, business advocates say

Man injured in police shooting near Nelson has died: B.C. police watchdog

The death follows an incident in Bonnington on Feb. 13

Experts urge caution after 10 human-triggered avalanches across B.C.

One man is still stuck after avalanche on south coast

Most Read