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Victoria Park demolitions

Work is underway in Victoria Park to demolish three buildings at the corner of 11 Avenue and 5 Street S.E. This work marks a significant milestone for the 2024 construction season, as it prepares sites for station construction.

Land acquisition and site preparation are just some of the many challenging elements that large-scale infrastructure projects can face, and often a significant cause of schedule delay as contractors wait to begin their work. Green Line has been committed to advancing several early works projects across the alignment to reduce schedule and overall project risk. All known land requirements have been acquired and by demolishing these buildings now, we are one step closer to beginning main construction of Phase 1, later this year.

Start Date: March 2024
Completion Date: June 2024

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Demolition details

Prior to demolition crews arriving on site in early April, utilities were disconnected (gas, electricity, and water) and then there was about two to three weeks of hazardous material abatement.

The process of hazardous material abatement involves some initial investigative steps like cutting into the roofs and walls of the buildings to find out if there are any hazardous materials that might need special plans for removal. Common examples include window caulking and drywall mud containing asbestos, thermostats containing mercury, and fluorescent light ballasts containing polychlorinated biphenyl.

With abatement out of the way, structural demolition of the buildings began in May and will take around four to six weeks, with all work to be complete by the end of June. Material will also be sorted on site to reduce the amount of waste that goes to the landfill.

Once the buildings come down and all material has been removed off site, additional soil testing will be needed to assess the ground conditions. Since one of the buildings was a former auto shop, there could be contaminants that have seeped into the soil over the years. If additional work is required for remediation efforts, that will also be completed. 

Victoria Park buildings to be demolished

Tony's Auto building to be demolished.
Tony's Auto building to be demolished.
Grandell office building to be demolished.
Grandell office building to be demolished.
Harvard Manor building to be demolished.
Harvard Manor building to be demolished.