Demolition of the Rainy Lake Hotel is set to get underway.
Chief Building Official Travis Rob said JMX Contracting will be mobilizing one crew this weekend to get some preliminary on-site work done inside the long-vacant building.
The main crew is arriving from southern Ontario on Sunday, and will start the demolition “full-on” come Monday morning, he added.
“Early next week, for sure, we are going to see walls coming down,” noted Rob.
“Their intent is to take the lower sections at the back down, as well as the Causeway room on the east side, between the original hotel and Brockie’s just to give themselves some area to work,” he explained.
After that section is torn down and backfilled, “they’ll start at the top and start working their way down” on the rest of the structure, Rob added.
JMX Contracting plans to close the south sidewalk in front of the Rainy Lake Hotel beginning Wednesday morning for the duration of the demolition.
Access will be maintained to both Brockie’s Jewellers and Causeway Insurance through the demolition, and the north sidewalk also will remain open.
This closure will not affect the roadway at this time.
JMX Contracting already has set up an office and put up fencing behind the old hotel, along with safety signage.
One backhoe is there right now, with another piece of equipment expected to be arrive next week.
Once the contractor has enough room, more equipment will be brought in.
Rob said he’s already informed JMX Contracting that they can expect to see local residents watching them demolish the building.
“I told the contractor, ‘Do not be surprised if someone brings along a lawn chair,’” he remarked.
As previously reported, Pinchin Environmental will complete quality assurance and air quality monitoring during the demolition.
JMX will handle dust suppression throughout the job, accessing a fire hydrant.
The building should be down completely by mid-November, with the contractor finishing up everything on-site by Dec. 1.