Building will come down soon, Mayor says

Building being assessed for eventual demolition; no decision yet on what will become of lot

  • Apr. 14, 2014 12:00 p.m.
The former Esso building has been sitting empty and unused for several years.

The former Esso building has been sitting empty and unused for several years.

Earlier this year the City of Kimberley finalized a land swap with the owner of the former Bavarian Esso property. The owner of the Esso property received a lot of similar value on Alpine Crescent while the City takes ownership over what Mayor Ron McRae says has become an eyesore.

As soon as the ownership was finalized some work began. The lot, which was being used for a parking lot by some, was blocked off with cement barricades.

And it will be coming down, McRae says.

“Right now we are just doing an assessment of the building and a bit of environmental work,” he said. “It’s my desire to bring it down soon. We need to do the assessment so we can get a good fix on how to do that.

“I don’t want to leave it sit. That’s why we took this on, to improve that site.”

Although there have been thoughts of turning it into a small park, McRae says at the moment no plans have been finalized in that regard.