Demolition of Lester B. Pearson theatre begins
The Lester B. Pearson Civic Centre might see the wrecking ball depending on the outcome of discussions by city committees. Photo supplied by Sue Grieves.
The removal of roof trusses from the collapsed portion of the Lester B. Pearson Civic Centre in Elliot Lake is underway as the first step in remedial work on the building.
Elliot Lake CAO, Daniel Gagnon, says heavy equipment, including a crane, is being used to remove roof trusses and HVAC units from the collapsed portion of the centre, which housed the theatre.
Forensic engineers from the city’s insurance provider are overseeing the work, which is expected to take a few days.
Gagnon adds the insurance provider will then begin evaluating the site in order to table recommendations to council on the future of the building, which is expected in June.
Heavy snow on the roof of the centre resulted in the southern portion of the building over the theatre collapsing on February 21st.