The 36-year-old Castlegar and District Chamber of Commerce (CDCOC) and Visitor Centre building was demolished on Monday, Aug. 22.
The building was removed to make way for The Confluence — a new state-of-the-art and energy-efficient facility that will house the chamber, Destination Castlegar, a visitor centre, economic development offices plus office and community spaces for rent.
The old building was built in 1986, but had fallen into disrepair due to severe foundation issues. CDCOC undertook several engineering studies before making the decision to demolish the building.
The work was done by local firm Civil Tech who worked to salvage as much as possible from the building, including siding, furnace and even the rose bushes prior to the demolition.
Chamber president Stuart Addy, executive director Tammy Verigin-Burk, former Castlegar mayor Mike O’Connor and many others watched as the building came down.
The demolition was emotional for many of those present as they watched years of fundraising and hard work along with decades of memories disappear in less than an hour.
The CDCOC is a non-profit organization and is not a function of the City of Castlegar.
Construction on the new building is slated to begin in the fall.