A historical, but run-down building in Drumheller meeting its maker by the end of March. The building known as "The Elks building" on Center Street has been vacant for a number of years and has fallen into decay.
"The Town has appointed Dakota Reclamators Ltd. from Calgary. They have been awarded the contract to demolish the Elks building which is on Center Street in Downtown Drumheller," explained Communications Officer for the Town of Drumheller, Julia Fielding. "The contract is that the work will be completed by March the 29th, however, we are still working with the company to set up timelines as there will be restrictions in the alleyway, and at times, on Center Street."
While the building is a part of Drumheller's history, it has become too much to fix the building to be up to code, which led the Town to the tough decision to demolish it and make room for newer infrastructure.
"We are hoping to have a plaza. We closed off the street last year, and the idea this year is to move it just slightly to where the Elks building was. It won't be affecting traffic flow so much. We are going to pilot it there and see how it works, and that is why we want it done as soon as possible. Then we can start planning for the plaza for the summer," continued Fielding.
The chosen company to demolish the building has raised some concerns as it is not local, but The Town stands by their decision.
"It all goes out for tender. We advertise the tender locally and regionally. All the tenders are on our website. Local business is encouraged to bid too. We changed our rules for local vendors to get more of an option, but we have to go with the cheapest who met all the criteria," concluded Fielding.