Suzy Cue's coming down

Staff ~ The Prince Albert Daily Herald
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Suzie Cues is seen at 18 15th Street East.

The Suzy Cue's billiards hall, liquor store and bar is coming down beginning on Tuesday.

 

Crews will be tearing down the building beginning at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, restricting traffic flow on 15th Street until the end of the day on Wednesday.

The westbound lanes of 15th Street East from Central to First Avenue will be closed to accommodate the demolition. Two-way traffic will be permitted in the eastbound lanes.

The downtown central transfer station will be partially closed during the two days in order to accommodate the demolition. The all day express will not be able to pic up at its regular location during this time, but will pick up within the transfer station limits.

People are asked to stay away from the demolition site as much as possible to avoid any falling debris.

After its demotion, the property is expected to be converted into a parking lot for the Venice House Restaurant next-door.

Click HERE for a more in depth story on the Suzie Cues demolition. 

Organizations: Venice House Restaurant

Geographic location: 15th Street East, First Avenue

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  • Leonora
    November 28, 2013 - 15:33

    This story reminds me of the song by Canadian singer Joni Mitchell titled "Big Yellow Taxi". There's a few lines from the song that reflect the sad, inevitable and sometimes insidious events that are done in the name of progress. Joni sings as follows: "Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone. They paved paradise and put up a parking lot." Hey, just what the world needs more of: another expensive, fancy and unaffordable (to the majority of consumers or members of the community). As if there isn't enough restaurants and other frivolous businesses out there choking the once naturally beautiful, pristine landscapes of this community--and other such communities, for that matter. Why couldn't the news headlines read "Suzy Cues to be renovated into affordable housing units". Why don't the newspapers praise our government levels (municipal, provincial and national ) about their investment in the people that built this country by their sheer for of will and labor. Think how many people and their families can benefit from affordable housing if this building were converted and updated into affordable rental suites. Instead, we have a restaurant and get the bonus prize of an adjacent parking lot, inevitably to be built in record time. Just what the community needs--more asphalt and concrete. It just breaks your heart that today's society is so keen on acquiring the latest technology, the most modern conveniences, fixated on discovering the most up to date scientific advances and architectural innovations while the past is erased within minutes by way of a carefully placed detonation charges or the mere swing of a wrecking ball. I understand this building was over 100 years old and soon it will be no more but, oh well, it will be a parking lot for the enjoyment and patronage of the restaurant crowds. I just wish that we could take the lessons we learned throughout our lives about the unique valuables we often overlook from our past that hold a treasure trove of infinite memories and history. I can equate this event to someone waking up one day and deciding to demolish the leaning Tower of Pisa or the Eiffel Tower, for example in favor of a brand new, state of the art restaurant and parking lot because the Tower of Pisa or the Eiffel Tower have no value: it is too old and it takes up too much space. Chalk up another point for progress and subtract another for history. I used to think that the only thing that came down was the rain.

    • Yathink?
      December 02, 2013 - 08:26

      Leonora. Renovating an existing building into living spaces costs alot of money and it is less expensive to demolish the old energy inefficient building and put up a new energy efficient one, Suzy Cue's was long ago renovated and any historical value was erased. If you want to preserve history and create affordable housing, I am sure you can find a historical building to renovate.

  • k
    November 26, 2013 - 00:56

    you would think after how many years the name suzy cues has been known for and people just cant get the right way of spelling it. its SUZY CUES ppl. not suzie. its even written right there on the banner for u to spell check and you still get it wrong. pat on the back for being very observant