Kamloops realtor who bought Royal Avenue problem house plans to tear it down

A North Kamloops home that has been the centre of much police activity in recent weeks is not long for this world.

City realtor Brendan Shaw told KTW he has purchased 414 Royal Ave. and is preparing to bulldoze the notorious house that sits on the property.

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Shaw, who lives nearby, said he decided to purchase the problem property following a series of high-profile police events last month.

“I think it’s pretty self-explanatory,” he said. “At this point, my focus is executing this demolition permit and tearing it down.”

On three consecutive nights in August, the house was the focus of intense police activity for different reasons — first a violent stabbing, then a standoff and, finally, a reported home invasion.

Police later said the house has been on their radar for some time and has been linked to drug activity.

In January, police executed a search warrant at the home and seized a large cache of weapons, a stash of drugs and stolen property, including a 1986 Corvette.

Shaw said he expects the permitting and demolition process to take about three months.

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