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Construction

Pricey 2×4’s

January 11th, 2018 — There seems to be a big disconnect between what BC Assessment thinks a structure on a Salt Spring Island property is worth and what the owners think it’s worth. This house, not the land it sits on, was assessed at $295,000 in 2017 which is a lot of money for a very old run down 1200 square foot house. A few weeks ago the new owners began stripping it to the studs so they can rebuild onto the original building. Assuming the siding will soon go and the roof will be replaced, what remains are the studs, rafters, and joists. I didn’t count them but I will guess there are about 300 and that number divided into the assessed value make them worth close to $3000 each.

Vancouver House

May 31st, 2017 — Vancouver House under construction on Howe Street at Beach Avenue. The lower level units of this condominium will sell in the $300,000 range probably because they will be eye level with the noisy traffic crossing the Granville Street Bridge. The higher and quieter floors command higher prices including the penthouse which is reportedly going for $20,000,000.

Bridge repairs

August 2nd, 1973 — Another picture that shows just how much things have changed since I first started photographing for newspapers. Not only was I allowed to walk out into the center lane of Lions Gate Bridge to take the picture but the workers were out on the road chipping away at the old concrete just inches away from passing trucks, buses, and cars with no barricades to protect them.

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