Former Danbrook One building ordered empty
Plus, the new amenities at Langford's renovated park
It’s early days, but Langford’s Pacific FC is tied atop the CPL standings after a 1-1 result against Cavalry FC this weekend. PFC currently has one win, one draw, and no losses. Let’s hope they keep the top spot as the season continues.
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Former Danbrook One building being evacuated again over continued structural issues
Photo: Jolene Rudisuela
For the second time in four years, residents of what is now called RidgeView Place will have to find a new place to stay.
Langford announced Monday that it has revoked the building’s occupancy rights over unresolved structural safety concerns flagged this month by BC’s engineering association and an engineering firm. Mayor Scott Goodmanson did not say whether the city was committed to spend emergency funding to house affected tenants, as it did four years ago when an occupancy permit was revoked for the same building in late 2019.
The structural concerns flagged at that time led to years of reviews that eventually saw both main engineers’ licences removed. The 11-storey building, designed by an engineer whose experience was in much shorter wood-frames, was not structurally reliable enough in the event of an earthquake.
It is not clear which specific structural issues remain unresolved, but BC’s Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists is unconvinced that a comprehensive structural review was ever conducted during the remediation.
Read the full story to get the details of this latest development, and the history of the situation.
Langford's renovated park features accessible amenities
New park amenities at Chief Al LeQuesne Park. Photo: City of Langford
The grand reopening of Cressida Park, now named Chief Al LeQuesne Park took place last week on Thursday, April 20. Langford mayor Scott Goodmanson was in attendance along with members of the LeQuesne family.
The upgrades to the park include picnic tables, a walking path, a 20-metre cable zipline, a friendship swing, a wheelchair-accessible glider, and a loft with 20 interactive activities. The main fixture is the 12-foot tower with an accessible centre spiral belt that allows children in wheelchairs to transfer themselves onto the belt using upper body strength and up to the upper levels of the structure.
The park was originally built in 1981, and has been renamed in honour of Chief Al LeQuesne who joined the Langford Volunteer Fire Department in 1952, became fire chief in 1967, and retired in 1996.
“Dad would always take time out to show a child the fire truck or fire hall. He always made sure children with disabilities were never left out. The park the City has built reflects the values of our dad,” said his son, Dave LeQuesne at the reopening.
The park is located at 2980 Humpback Rd., and is also accessible via the Trans Canada Trail.
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Last weekend Pendray House provided a spectacular venue for the 14th edition of the Art & Culture Colwood Society’s Bloom Art Show. This historic venue provided the perfect backdrop for local artists to display their floral interpretations as the spring colours burst into life within the community.
The work displayed blended with the venue perfectly for a subtle mix of flora and architectural expressions. Pendray House, a stately home built in 1927, with its river rock foundation and frontal double switchback staircase construction, is as unique as its Ernest Batchelder tiled fireplace found in the dining room where the floral artwork was displayed.
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