Demolition has begun on a 108-year-old downtown Vancouver church whose loose brick facade had become a hazard to passersby. The fate of the soon-to-be-leveled block is uncertain.
The former west annex of New Heights Church and the block it sits on was purchased earlier this year for $3.2 million by the estate of Ed and Dollie Lynch. The late couple were known for their philanthropy, which continues through a fund held at the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington.
Their son, Michael Lynch, said it would’ve taken millions to fix two aging buildings on the property bordered by Daniels, Esther and West 11th streets and West Evergreen Boulevard. The newer, secondary building was torn down earlier this month. The church was declared unsafe for occupation. Once its roof is removed, the building will collapse in on itself because the brick is not reinforced.
Lynch said local company 3 Kings Environmental is taking a careful approach to the church’s demolition.
“They’re going for the least possible impact on landfills. That’s part of their whole goal is to reuse anything and everything they can,” he said.