Architect challenges condo evacuation order
The Nov. 23 fire burned through a top-floor condo, and 46 others were damaged by water.
Fighting the fire disturbed asbestos in the walls, so the building manager and insurance adjuster ordered the building evacuated for a four-month cleanup.
Architect Vivian Manasc went to court Wednesday to argue that the evacuation is unnecessary.
While the show cause hearing was delayed one week, Manasc was provided with a document explaining why the insurer decided to evacuate the building.
The document from Simco Management indicates renovations could be done in phases, but would be more costly to the insurance company, Manasc said.
Renovating in phases would allow most residents in the 157-suite Valhalla to stay in their homes while much of the work is done.
Residents would be forced out for only two or three weeks at a time as each section of the building is done.
"Based on my 30 years of experience as an architect, renovating schools and hospitals and other public buildings that have asbestos in selected areas, I believe that that work can be done in a phased manner rather than all at once by evacuating the building," Manasc told CBC News prior to the court hearing.