Decommissioned Maintenance Shop Will be Demolished

NELSON, British Columbia — A decommissioned locomotive maintenance building near the Nelson waterfront will be demolished, Canadian Pacific Real Estate Vice-President John Walsh and Nelson Mayor John Dooley said.

CP anticipates the demolition will be complete next year.

“I am very pleased that Canadian Pacific has agreed to demolish the diesel shop,” said Mayor Dooley. “We have been working with CP on a number of issues over the past three years and have been really impressed with the cooperation we have received from all their staff, and in particular, John Walsh.”

CP used the Diesel Shop Building for heavy locomotive maintenance from 1954 to 1975. The building was fully decommissioned in 1988 and is vacant today. Negotiations with the City of Nelson on the future of the Nelson Station building continue.

“We have worked closely with the Mayor and Council while reviewing options for the site,” said Walsh. “After careful study of the structure, and a review of alternate uses, we have concluded demolition is the best option.”

CP issued a request for proposals to demolish the building earlier this summer. The contract will be awarded to Hazco Environmental. The company and the contractor will work closely with the City of Nelson during the demolition project to ensure minimal disruption to the surrounding community.