Mall turns into pile of rubble

Wednesday, the 5710 175 Street entrance – memorable for its raspberry paint job and the wooden sign spelling out “Cloverdale Shoppers Plaza” – was pulled down, a spectacle witnessed by a small crowd.

Watching the ‘Cloverdale Shoppers Plaza’ sign come down Wednesday afternoon.

What little remains of the Cloverdale Mall is quickly being replaced by mountains of debris as excavators chomp their way through the structure.By last Friday morning, nearly all of the former Safeway anchor store had been demolished, and two large excavators were busy pulling apart the walls and roof of the atrium. And on Wednesday, the 5710 175 Street entrance – memorable for its raspberry paint job and the wooden sign spelling out “Cloverdale Shoppers Plaza” – was pulled down, a spectacle witnessed by a small crowd of students from neighbouring Cloverdale Learning Centre. One recorded the event on his iPhone and planned to post the video to YouTube. Demolition began in earnest Feb. 8 and was expected to take a few weeks. It won’t be long before much of the building disappears into a pile of rubble. Building materials such as massive wood timbers and other recyclables are being piled and then sorted to be hauled away. The mall – built in 1973 and located on City of Surrey property – is being torn down to make way for a new development called Cloverdale West Village, a mix of commercial and residential units. The first phase begins later this year and includes a new home for the Cloverdale Legion that’s about the same size as the current branch at 10,000 square feet. The project is being spearheaded by the Surrey City Development Corporation, TL Housing Solutions Ltd and Townline Homes Inc.