It is now going on to a month and a half since the office building at Evergreen Centre was razed by fire.
The ugly mess just sits there making a terrible impression on anyone who drives through Sooke. It makes it look like the rest of the mall has also been destroyed by fire. It really is an eyesore and it should be dealt with. We understand there are some issues with asbestos in tiles or some such thing and it is likely to become a hazmat scene. The security guard is sitting there day after day staring at the mess. The top floor wall looks like it could collapse at any time. If it is a hazardous situation then it should be cleaned up – now. Get on with it, clear it out and get building.
One has to wonder why this is taking so long and why. The owners of Evergreen should be more conscientious and understanding of the impression it leaves and they should be concerned with the hazards, if there are any. They aren’t doing themselves any favours at this point.
Fire is an amazing thing. It destroys most everything in its path and doesn’t discriminate. Most of the businesses destroyed by the July 31 fire have relocated to new quarters, some temporary some permanent. They recovered quickly but lost some of the history that was a part of their identity.
Fire has a way of making one take stock of what is important. It makes one think about their own home and what is in it and what can or cannot be replaced. What would you do if fire struck in your home? It’s important to be organized and think about what you can’t replace.
On another note, it was gratifying to see how well council interacted at Monday’s meeting. There was no arguing, no snide remarks or flaring tempers. It may appear that this council has finally found its footing and can now get on with the business of the district. It’s nice to see.