VIDEO: Former Chilliwack Progress building demolished downtown

The former Chilliwack Progress building was torn down by Clearview Demolition Ltd. on Tuesday, June 1, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)The former Chilliwack Progress building was torn down by Clearview Demolition Ltd. on Tuesday, June 1, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
The former Chilliwack Progress building was torn down by Clearview Demolition Ltd. on Tuesday, June 1, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)The former Chilliwack Progress building was torn down by Clearview Demolition Ltd. on Tuesday, June 1, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
The former Chilliwack Progress building was torn down by Clearview Demolition Ltd. on Tuesday, June 1, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)The former Chilliwack Progress building was torn down by Clearview Demolition Ltd. on Tuesday, June 1, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
The former Chilliwack Progress building was torn down by Clearview Demolition Ltd. on Tuesday, June 1, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)The former Chilliwack Progress building was torn down by Clearview Demolition Ltd. on Tuesday, June 1, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
The former Chilliwack Progress building was torn down by Clearview Demolition Ltd. on Tuesday, June 1, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)The former Chilliwack Progress building was torn down by Clearview Demolition Ltd. on Tuesday, June 1, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
The former Chilliwack Progress building was torn down by Clearview Demolition Ltd. on Tuesday, June 1, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)The former Chilliwack Progress building was torn down by Clearview Demolition Ltd. on Tuesday, June 1, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
The former Chilliwack Progress building was torn down by Clearview Demolition Ltd. on Tuesday, June 1, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)The former Chilliwack Progress building was torn down by Clearview Demolition Ltd. on Tuesday, June 1, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
The former Chilliwack Progress building was torn down by Clearview Demolition Ltd. on Tuesday, June 1, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)The former Chilliwack Progress building was torn down by Clearview Demolition Ltd. on Tuesday, June 1, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
The former Chilliwack Progress building was torn down by Clearview Demolition Ltd. on Tuesday, June 1, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)The former Chilliwack Progress building was torn down by Clearview Demolition Ltd. on Tuesday, June 1, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
The former Chilliwack Progress building was torn down by Clearview Demolition Ltd. on Tuesday, June 1, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)The former Chilliwack Progress building was torn down by Clearview Demolition Ltd. on Tuesday, June 1, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
The former Chilliwack Progress building was torn down by Clearview Demolition Ltd. on Tuesday, June 1, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
The former Chilliwack Progress building was torn down by Clearview Demolition Ltd. on Tuesday, June 1, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)The former Chilliwack Progress building was torn down by Clearview Demolition Ltd. on Tuesday, June 1, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress) The former Chilliwack Progress building was torn down by Clearview Demolition Ltd. on Tuesday, June 1, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
The former Chilliwack Progress building was torn down by Clearview Demolition Ltd. on Tuesday, June 1, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Walls came tumbling down at the corner of Spadina and First avenues Tuesday morning.

It was the site of the former Chilliwack Progress building at 45860 Spadina Ave. and on Tuesday, June 1, an excavator with Clearview Demolition Ltd. was there to demolish the 47-year-old newspaper building.

Crews had been prepping the site for weeks and by 2 p.m. on June 1, it was a pile of brick and wood.

The Spadina office was home to The Progress for 45 years from 1974 to 2019, until the newspaper moved to its new and current location at 104-45833 Alexander Ave.

It was only the second time The Progress had moved in its 130 years. The first move came in 1974 when staff packed up left the original home of Chilliwack’s first newspaper on Yale Road where it had been for 83 years.

Chilliwack Economic Partners Corporation (CEPCO) purchased the Spadina Avenue building, but it is unknown what will be built at the location.


 

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