Demolition begins with asbestos removal

Demolition of the historic Arlington Hotel in downtown Red Deer has started with the removal of harmful materials such as asbestos, a city official says.

Demolition of the historic Arlington Hotel in downtown Red Deer has started with the removal of harmful materials such as asbestos, a city official says.

Rick Elm, land co-ordinator with the City of Red Deer, said on Friday that a fence has been erected around the downtown site following the issuing of a demolition permit on Tuesday.

Elm said the main structure probably won’t be knocked down and hauled away until mid-May.

The city bought the hotel in February with plans to strengthen and enhance the business, cultural and recreation centre of the downtown, acting city manager Colleen Jensen said.

A historical review confirmed physical characteristics from the building’s historic period no longer remain or are irreparable.

Therefore, the hotel, which is closed and empty, wasn’t eligible for provincial grants to assist with restoration.

The hotel, located at 4905 51st Ave., was built 110 years ago. Its location was selected because of the proximity to the railroad station.

The demolition is about taking a leadership role in the redevelopment and revitalization of downtown, said Jensen.

“New development on the site aligns with the Greater Downtown Action Plan where it’s envisioned as a gateway between the Riverlands district and Red Deer’s historic downtown,” Jensen said.

Pidherney’s Trucking is conducting the internal cleanup, which is monitored by PHH ARC Environmental.

Elm said the internal work is a necessary first step to maximize safety.

“By removing identified materials such as asbestos from the structure, we’re able to ensure proper cleanup of the site prior to the physical demolition process beginning,” Elm said.

Jensen said the decision to demolish the hotel has been difficult and emotional for some. “We believe we have made a sustainable decision for our community.”

“Moving forward with the project prepares our city for a vibrant future focusing on the renewed vision for Red Deer’s downtown future,” Jensen said.

Demolition is expected to be finished by the end of May.

The site will be temporarily used as a public parking lot until redevelopment occurs.

Just Posted

To rake, or not to rake, in Red Deer

Providing hibernation habitat for native insects

‘It used to be non-stop booming’

Red Deer oilfield-related company shutting its doors after 25 years

Alberta joining class-action lawsuit against opioid manufacturers, distributors

CALGARY — The Alberta government says it’s joining a class-action lawsuit to… Continue reading

First Nations displaced by storm share concerns with Scheer campaign

WINNIPEG — Families forced to flee the Lake Manitoba First Nation are… Continue reading

3 economists who study poverty win Nobel Prize

STOCKHOLM — Two researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a… Continue reading

Your community calendar

Wednesday Red Deer River Naturalists Flower Focus Group Meeting. When: Oct. 16… Continue reading

It’s hard to imagine a majority government

On the heels of the last French-language debate of the campaign, Conservative… Continue reading

Opinion: Dangerous election talk from NDP leader Singh

Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh already lacked credibility by ignoring any attempt… Continue reading

City spinning its wheels on better cycling tracks

Re: “No ‘climate’ emergency for Red Deer; Mayor says council prefers action… Continue reading

An appreciation for Alberta’s plight would be nice

I watched with dismay and chagrin, the debate Thursday night of our… Continue reading

Canada’s mixed doubles curling team downs Slovakia at world championship

ABERDEEN, Scotland — Canada remained undefeated through round-robin play at the world… Continue reading

Canada coach John Herdman promises ‘blood, guts and thunder’ against U.S.

TORONTO — Coach John Herdman promises “blood, guts and thunder” when Canada… Continue reading

Brazen thief steals $20,000 Dali artwork in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO — A brazen thief stole a Salvador Dali etching valued… Continue reading

Most Read