Monday, July 15, 2019

Building owners concerned Green Line tunnel construction could leave building on shaky ground

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The proposed path of the Green Line LRT through the Beltline has some owners voicing their concerns over the potential impact on a 107-year-old building.

The tracks would be housed in a tunnel directly below Lewis Lofts, a building in the 200 block of 11 Avenue Southwest that was constructed in 1910 and converted into condominiums in 1995. The ground beneath the building is an old river bed consisting of sand and gravel that could prove troublesome during the tunneling effort.

“This is the first bored transit tunnel in Calgary’s history and it’s the first residential building in Calgary’s history that will have an active train tunnel right beneath it,” said Brett Jackson, a member of the Lewis Lofts condo board. “Lewis Lofts is one of the oldest buildings in Calgary so we do feel there’s unknowns and risks associated with this that probably deserve attention before the decision is made on the alignment not after.”

Nuno Silvo, a Lewis Lofts condo owner, fears the construction below could jeopardize the integrity of the century-old building and he’s looking for reassurance.

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