Work is underway to demolish 28 empty buildings on the Michener Centre North site. The buildings have been fenced off. (Photo by SUSAN ZIELINSKI/Advocate staff)

Work is underway to demolish 28 empty buildings on the Michener Centre North site. The buildings have been fenced off. (Photo by SUSAN ZIELINSKI/Advocate staff)

Demolition of Michener’s north buildings in Red Deer continue

No area trails or pathways currently closed due to the project

Hazmat abatement at the Michener Centre North site is continuing.

The demolition of 28 empty buildings on the site started a year ago.

Alberta Infrastructure says the age of the structures has necessitated a careful approach to hazmat abatement and demolition, however the contractor is still working toward a late fall 2022 target for demolition completion and site remediation.

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The buildings are fenced off, and currently there are no area trails or pathways closed due to the project.

In 2020, the City of Red Deer announced it had purchased the scenic 132-acres from the province. The city has since said that the site, located next to the Michael O’Brien wetland and the east entry to the Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary, will remain a natural area and be tied into Red Deer’s trail system.

The buildings north of 55 St. were constructed in the middle of the last century and were formerly used to house residents with mental disabilities. They have been sitting empty since 2014 when most residents were relocated to the south Michener site, or moved into group homes.

The project’s contractor is Visco Demolition Contractors Ltd.



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