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Atrium Demolition Continues - Slowly


LETHBRIDGE:  There is more exposure of the bones belonging to a more than three decade old downtown skeleton.


In the middle of September, equipment was brought in as crews started site prep to protect the adjacent buildings, in the first steps to demolish the Atrium building. At that time, Director of Community Services Bary Beck said crews would be "nibbling' at the structure, bringing little pieces down at a time and working through the building very cautiously.


Located on 7th street, between 3rd and 4th avenues, the Atrium demolition crews are working from alley toward the street. With efforts to protect surrounding buildings, it will likely take most of October for the remainder of the building to be torn down.


Construction of the Atrium building began more than 30 years ago but was never completed. The City issued a demolition order last fall after the present owner failed to follow through on plans announced in 2010 to redevelop the property. A January 2, 2013 deadline passed without the owner complying with the Demolition Order. As a result, the City had the authority under the Municipal Government Act to take steps to have the derelict structure demolished and to charge those costs against the property".


Total cost of the demolition project is estimated to be $390,000, which includes $304,100 for demolition and $85,900 for associated consulting, engineering and insurance costs. City administration will add those costs to the tax roll of the Atrium property. Assessed value of the Atrium land is $271,000.

Posted on Wednesday, October 02, 2013 at 4/16/2014 2:57:53 PM
Source: Dori Modney (On Twitter - Dori_Modney) -- Country 95 News Photo credit.
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