City buildings in Riverlands face demolition

Six City of Red Deer buildings will be demolished in Riverlands by the end of April.

Six City of Red Deer buildings will be demolished in Riverlands by the end of April.

Kim Fowler, director of planning for the city, told council this during her update on the department during budget deliberations last week.

“Those buildings are all quite old,” she said. “They had some mould issues before they were vacated. We have done some assessments as terms of redevelopment. They are cinder block buildings with very little value to reusing them.”

They include the Public Works building (5420 47th St.), Transit building (5438 47th St.), Civic Garage (5436 47th St.), Stores Building (5590 47th St.), EL&P building (5581 45th St.) and the Dome building (4916 54th Ave.).

There may be a few outbuildings but there was no specified number provided.

Fowler said there is likely soil contaminations under the buildings too, so the city will have to see what’s underground in order to sell the properties.

Council approved the Riverlands Area Redevelopment Project, which essentially transforms the downtown industrial area into a vibrant new community, in 2011.

The burying of the power lines in the Riverlands area is also on tap in 2014.