The City of Chilliwack's plan to revive the core of the city comes with a few causalities. On Monday, February 24, 2014, the IRWIN building will be demolished. In recent years, we have seen other Chilliwack landmarks such as the Empress Hotel and the Paramount Theatre destroyed but their sites have yet to be developed. To some, levelling the downtown core is a "bold step" but then again, as Sam Rayburn said, "Any jackass can kick down a barn, but it takes a good carpenter to build one." No slight meant to the City Council, but when does building begin? Do you have a carpenter in mind?
The Irwin Building is situated on the southwest corner of Young Road and Yale Road, part of the downtown's core famous "five corners" intersection. Obviously a lack of planning created this problematic intersection. Perhaps when the "building" process begins this road issue can be handled once and for all.
The empty site shall be used in the interim as a courtyard.
Yesterday, I took a moment to get some photographs before it disappears and captured a "ghost" in the window, see the top picture.