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Crews working on the old Kamloops Daily News building ready to start tearing things down

Asbestos has been removed and crews are now stripping the inside of the old Daily News building, Tuesday, July 25, 2017.
July 28, 2017 - 11:31 AM

KAMLOOPS - After spending the week removing harmful material such as asbestos from inside the old Daily News building the demolition crew is now in the process of taking the building apart from the inside-out.

Kristen Rodrigue with the City of Kamloops says currently the crew from Dakota Reclamators is stripping the inside of the building at the corner of 4 Avenue and Seymour Street so it will be just a shell when it comes time to start the destruction, though an exact timeline or even how that will be accomplished is still unknown.

"We are just waiting on the engineering report to determine how we will proceed to knock down the actual structure," Rodrigue says. "Whether we are going to put an excavator on top and knock it down from up top or from the ground."

When that phase of the project will start depends on which method they choose, though they expect to start tearing things down by mid-August.

In terms of the impact to surrounding businesses, Rodrigue says, it will be minimal. Those who use the parking lot to the south of the building have already been notified it will be out of commission during the demolition and the City has already contacted those who are affected.

The parking lane on Seymour Street closest to the building will be blocked off during the demolition, though that won't have much impact on drivers, Rodriguen says.

The demolition and related work to turn the building into a parking lot is expected to be complete by mid-October and the lot finished by the spring of 2018.

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