A cement block is all that remains of what used to be the theater at the old ADSS on Burde Street. The gymnasium which was located next to it has been leveled to rubble as well.

Old ADSS theatre and gymnasium now rubble

A concrete block and two mounds of rubble are all that remains of the theatre and gymnasium of the old ADSSon Burde Street.

A concrete block and two mounds of rubble are all that remains of the theatre and gymnasium of the old Alberni District Secondary School on Burde Street.

Both buildings were levelled within the last month, School District 70 Secretary Treasurer Lindsay Cheetham said. The old administration building and the library are still standing.

A skeletal steel structure is all that remains of the old drama room. The incline near the old bus loop that used to lead to the main building now leads to a vast empty space.

Old drama roomThe demolition, which officials thought would be completed in May, is now slated to be finished by the end of July, Cheetham said.

The work was originally scheduled to be finished by April but the demo was extended to allow for removing asbestos material.

Community members pined for the buildings to be left intact and operating because of their long history.

But school officials said the buildings would be too costly to renovate, bring up to earthquake standard and add stand-alone plumbing, electricity and heating—not to mention finding tenants.

The former library will be left standing for now. The two-storey building was renovated in the last decade and meets earthquake standards. The building remains minimally heated and maintained.

No community group has expressed interest in the facility yet, Cheetham said.

reporter@albernivalleynews.com

Twitter.com/AlberniNews

Just Posted

Team Harrison prevails in Port Alberni men’s bonspiel

Annual bonspiel drew 20 teams from out of town

Wedding plans derailed following City of Port Alberni’s train announcement

Five wedding parties are scrambling to find alternate transportation arrangements to McLean… Continue reading

Kids help Alberni Aquarium build rockfish luminary for next exhibit

Swimming For Change takes over in time for spring break

Spring fishery closures mulled for south coast

Fewer fish are returning to rivers and more conservation needed, say feds

One dead, two seriously injured in Hwy 4 crash west of Port Alberni

A man has died following a single-vehicle collision west of Port Alberni… Continue reading

Mount Arrowsmith skaters get tips from Olympic athlete

Larkyn Austman visited Port Alberni for winter carnival

A ‘warm embrace’ for grieving parents at funeral of seven young fire victims

Mourners offered love and support to Kawthar Barho, mother of seven children

Indigenous leaders, politicians say Trans Mountain report flawed

The National Energy Board has endorsed an expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline a second time

UPDATE: Reports of rashes prompt closure of all Harrison Hot Springs pools

Public pool available after Fraser Health shut down all five mineral pools until further notice

Legislation to protect B.C. farmland comes into effect

Regulations enhance food security, encourage long-term farming

Have you heard the legend of Shuswaggi, the Shuswap Lake monster?

Witness accounts as old as 1904, and as recent as 2018, place a creature in the lake’s depths

Credit card fraud steals $50,000 from Victoria businesses: police

Crime Reduction Unit investigating several frauds costing several businesses over $50,000

UPDATE: B.C. ticket holder winner of $25.9-million Lotto Max jackpot

Next draw set for Mar. 1 with an estimated jackpot of $10 million

B.C.-based ‘Team Tardi’ brings home gold in junior curling worlds

In a 9-4 victory over Switzerland, a Langley-based curling team earned its 2nd straight world title

Most Read