Pool and spa building is no more. (THE NEWS/files)

Spa building tumbles down next to Haney Bypass

Ministry wants to improve busy Maple Ridge intersection

The old Maple Ridge Pool and Spa building is no more, having fallen quickly to a backhoe Tuesday at the busy corner of Lougheed Highway and the Haney Bypass.

The building was on the front lines of the Cliff Avenue homeless camp in 2015 as owners Ben and Joanne Pinkney tried to keep their business going while having the tent camp on their doorstep.

Earlier this year, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure bought the property for $1.7 million. The department needs the property for its reconstruction of the interchange at that corner.

Lisa Durante-Sullivan, who lives on Cliff Avenue, was happy to see the building taken down. She said in the last few months, homeless people had started to hang around the building, which had recently been vacated.

Maple Ridge and the ministry have been negotiating for months about the final design for the intersection, with the city asking the ministry to also include the Salvation Army Ridge Meadows Ministries property, to allow what it considered a proper reconstruction of the corner.

But Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows MLA Lisa Beare said in early October that tenders are about to be issued for the reconstruction, which still only includes a single right-hand turn lane eastbound from Lougheed Highway on to the Haney Bypass.

“People have waited long enough to get the Haney Bypass upgraded. I appreciate the concerns raised by the Maple Ridge council and understand the ministry has worked with the city to redesign the project and will be moving ahead with tendering in the coming weeks,” Beare said previously.

Durante-Sullivan, who also had the Cliff Avenue tent city on the doorstep of her house, said emergency vehicles have been up and down Cliff Avenue regularly in the last few weeks, responding to calls.

Residents also have to regularly repair the fence that separates the road from the bush below, following its construction after the camp was disbanded in 2015.

 

Just Posted

Vibrant alco-inks one of many mediums for sale at club’s annual show

Garibaldi Art Club’s fall show and sale to feature 220 works of art

UPDATE: Arrest made in Maple Ridge purse-snatching incidents, another for fraud

Man and woman, both 34 and from Maple Ridge, facing charges.

Maple Ridge women’s shelter society gets a $2.1-million boost

Cythera Transition House Society gets money for 21 homes

Maple Ridge councillors named to local groups

Division of labour for new council

Clear skies for Fraser Blues Remembrance Day flyby

It was the first time the formation team flew over the Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows Remembrance Day ceremonies

Kuhnhackl scores 2 odd goals as Isles dump Canucks 5-2

Vancouver drops second game in two nights

Fear of constitutional crisis escalates in U.S.; Canadians can relate

Some say President Donald Trump is leading the U.S. towards a crisis

B.C.-based pot producer Tilray reports revenue surge, net loss

Company remains excited about ‘robust’ cannabis industry

Canada stands pat on Saudi arms sales, even after hearing Khashoggi tape

Khashoggi’s death at Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul further strained Riyadh’s already difficult relationship with Ottawa

Feds pledge money for young scientists, but funding for in-house research slips

Canada’s spending on science is up almost 10 per cent since the Liberals took office, but spending on in-house research is actually down

Stink at B.C. school prompts complaints of headaches, nausea

Smell at Abbotsford school comes from unauthorized composting operation

Disabled boy has ‘forgiven’ bullies who walked on him in stream, mom says

A Cape Breton teen who has cerebral palsy was told to lie in a stream as other kids walked over him

Letters shed light on state of mind of B.C. mom accused of daughter’s murder

Trial of South Surrey mother Lisa Batstone begins in BC Supreme Court

Most Read