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Construction crews have begun the two-month process of demolishing the former A&B Sound and Wild Planet buildings as part of a $70-million redevelopment of the downtown block opposite MTS Centre.
Winnipeg's Longboat Development Corporation has started transforming most of a downtown city block into a hotel-and-commercial project called 311 Portage at Centrepoint.
The $70-million project will include a 15-storey tower that will house an ALT hotel above a five-storey commercial building with offices for architecture and engineering firm Stantec, among other firms, and a parkade.
The work started earlier this winter with the removal of asbestos and other materials from inside the A&B Sound and Wild Planet buildings on Donald Street.
On Thursday afternoon, a trackhoe began tearing into the A&B Sound building, which began life in 1883 as the Coronation Hotel and was rebuilt in 1920 as the Clarendon Block.
The building was redeveloped twice and later served as the Portage Village Inn, A&B Sound and MTS Exhibition Centre. Much of its heritage elements have been lost, the city said in a 1998 assessment.
The city is contributing $660,000 to the development to preserve the facade of the Mitchell-Copp Building on Portage Avenue and incorporate it into the new structure, which Longboat expects to open in 2014.