No one injured, area deemed safe following collapse of Queen’s Hotel roof

Building was part of redevelopment proposal but will now have to be demolished

ARTHUR – The roof of the old Queen’s Hotel collapsed here on the weekend, but luckily no one was injured.

Wellington North Fire Chief Dave Guilbault said firefighters were called to the vacant George Street building at about 8:45am on Dec. 7.

Guilbault stated the roof of the building collapsed inward, so no debris fell on the sidewalk or street.

On the scene on Saturday were Arthur firefighters, Wellington North public works staff, the township’s chief building official and the fire chief.

Guilbault stated the area is deemed safe, but the building is no longer structurally sound and will need to be demolished.           

Local historians estimate the building is over 140 years old.

Current owner Arthur Green Developments Inc. proposed earlier this year to convert the former hotel and tavern into a commercial retail and mixed-use building.

The proposal included using some of the underutilized/vacant land behind the building for two large additions and a new stand-alone building, offering up to 70 rental housing units and a large green space.