The mayor of Alberton in western P.E.I. split a tie vote to decide the fate of a vacant seniors' care home at a special council meeting Tuesday night.

'We would like to see it open for development for the next year.' - Coun. Natasha Dunn

Mayor Michael Murphy voted to tear down the old Maplewood Manor.

"Public works basically just told us what the ills of the building were, such as the furnaces, the well and different things that would have to be brought back up to certain standards before you could even begin doing anything to the building," said Murphy.

The province estimates the cost of demolition could be upward of $150,000, which it is willing to pay for.

Councillors who voted for the manor to be torn down worry the town could end up on the hook for those costs if any proposed development did not go ahead.

Natasha Dunn is one of three councillors who wanted to make another effort to save the manor, a move she said all councillors supported last week.

"We would like to see it open for development for the next year and then if no one comes forward that it could be demolished," said Dunn.

"I guess the mayor really didn't like that stance that we took."

Murphy said the provincial Department of Infrastructure Renewal put the manor out for tender to non-profit groups and private developers and didn't have a lot of interest.