The company behind Capital Pointe has lost the first round in its ongoing legal fight with the City of Regina.
Westgate Properties have been denied a stay of the order to backfill the giant hole left at Victoria Avenue and Albert Street, one of the busiest intersections in the city.
At a hearing held in May, Westgate argued the city had acted too quickly in ordering the crater be filled.
The city responded that this was a matter of public safety and the hole wasn’t safe.
The Saskatchewan Building and Accessibility Standards Appeal Board released its ruling Friday stating Westgate hadn’t satisfied them that the stay was needed.
Westgate will now get a chance to appeal the backfill order at a hearing in front of the same Board next month.
Until then, the hole will remain in its current state awaiting a ruling from the appeal.
Capital Pointe is a nearly decade-long project that should be a 27-storey condo and hotel building at the site of the old Plains Hotel. It would feature a five-level underground parkade.
Neither Westgate, the City of Regina nor the Board are providing any comment.