Where Are They Now? Royal Avenue thriving a year after removal of problem house

A North Shore nuisance property is no more — and the city realtor who bulldozed the building says the change is part of an ongoing facelift along the banks of the Thompson River

A North Shore nuisance property is no more — and the city realtor who bulldozed the building says the change is part of an ongoing facelift along the banks of the Thompson River.

The house that used to stand at 414 Royal Ave. was not only an eyesore, it was a hub of illicit activity. Over three consecutive nights in the summer of 2018, it was the scene of a stabbing, a standoff and a reported home invasion.

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Late last year, Brendan Shaw purchased the property and razed the home.

“The property has been torn down, it’s subsequently been sold and my understanding is the new owners are in the process of building a new home,” Shaw told KTW.

“The activity that was on that street, in that area, is all but gone.”

414 Royal Ave.
414 Royal Ave. shortly after it was a frequent stop for Kamloops Mounties. - Thomas Befurt photo

Shaw, who lives on Royal Avenue with his young family, said the removal of the problem property is the next step in the transformation of the area.

“It’s one of my favourite spots,” Shaw said of the riverside residential street.

“It’s always been a spot that I really enjoy and like. There’s a tonne of younger families moving in. We’re definitely seeing a big change.”

Shaw said he expects to see the same thing happen soon in other parts of the city.

“We’ll probably start seeing more of those older communities change shape that way,” he said.

“If I had to guess, I’d say Sahali would be prime for that in the next five or 10 years.”

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