York demolished

The York Theatre was demolished this past weekend, after Montreal’s Urban Development Commission approved the demolition this summer.
According to Jack Schenker, the project manager of the York, the removal of the rubble and the foundation will be finished by the end of September. In the spring of 2002, the soil will be examined for a month.
Building will start as soon as possible, said Dennis Murphy, executive director of communications. He added that the first priority was the Science Complex at Loyola, which is expected to be completed by August 2003.
The demolition of the York caused controversy when some people wanted to declare it a heritage site. Opponents argued that Concordia could have done more to preserve the site, which was an art deco theatre.
Vice-rector services, Michael Di Grappa said that the site was not worthy of preservation and that it is not Concordia’s responsibility to restore buildings.

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