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Reality TV crew starts South Porcupine bar demolition (3 photos)

It's one of four buildings being torn down

Reality TV crews have started taking down a once popular bar downtown South Porcupine. 

The Salvage Kings were at The Central Tavern, known as The Zoo, on Bruce Avenue today, working to tear down the building. 

Demolition work started at the back, with the front of the structure still standing for now.

The bar is one of four buildings the production company is taking down in town.

In July, Timmins council gave the go-ahead for The Salvage Kings, which airs on the History Channel, to take down three city-owned properties — the Central Tavern, the old Tisdale public works shop on Evans Street, and a Schumacher house. Along with the city-owned properties, there is also a private residential demolition.

Last year, councillors asked for tougher bylaws on derelict buildings across the city.

Since then, there have been three demolitions as a result of property standard violations.

Sole-sourcing the demolition contracts, which includes remediation, instead of doing separate tenders saves the city about 25 per cent of the cost. 

The total cost for demolition and abatement is $249,209. That's $20,574 for 34 Fourth Ave., $77,315 for 84 Bruce Ave., and $151,320 for 59 Evans St.


Maija Hoggett

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Maija Hoggett is an experienced journalist who covers Timmins and area
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