A sampling of comments on what to do about the Kamloops Daily News building:
Mike Feeney: It’s time for more parking downtown. It’s the only way to go; let’s do it now.
Glen Cairns: The only part of the building worth saving is the facade along 4th and along Seymour. The interior pillars which are placed about every 24 feet present very real and expensive impediments to adapting the building for other uses. Given the building’s vintage, no doubt asbestos was used, not just for insulating pipes, but probably also as a fire retardant in the linoleum on the floors, presenting hazmat challenges to redevelopment. The heating, cooling, plumbing and electrical systems all need to be stripped out and replaced. A parking lot may not be the best ultimate use for the site, but it presents fewer challenges to future redevelopment than does the current vacant building.
Joe Nystoruk: Never been to a beautiful and vibrant city that didn’t have a town square or Plaza.
Shirley Lebovich: Its a waste to tear it down, there are so many potential uses for it, it boggles the mind.
Dianna West: This is so reminiscent of the Riverside Coliseum as this article points out! I am so frustrated with the lack of vision of our city council. The PAC as proposed would have given our city a major boost economically but, as usual, the majority of the voters only see the narrow view of now and can’t see with the wider view of yet to come. I hope and pray that something wonderful is put on this site…. and a parking lot is just not it.
Danyel Morin: We, the taxpayers, are just picking up the tab for the teardown, so a developer can swoop in at a bargain, while we will be getting sold that this is the best for the city.