Wednesday September 22, 2010
The Lady's Last Bow
Empress Hotel pushed aside for new development
cloud of dust marked the final day of summer on Tuesday and also the end of the Empress Hotel in downtown Chilliwack. People stood watching on the corners of Princess Ave and Young Rd. with cameras in hand. Not much was left of the 102-year-old structure after a backhoe tore into her and clawed its way up the old building, eventually to sit triumphantly on top of what was once the heartbeat of the city. The site is slated for an18-storey tower. For those wanting a brick or two as a memento, ask first and don't go past the barriers.
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