A contracting crew has continued to take down the observatory structure in Mission's Fraser River Heritage Park.

PHOTOS: Dismantling of Mission’s observatory continues

Contracting crew worked on taking apart the observatory structure on Friday and Saturday.

  • Jul. 31, 2016 12:00 p.m.

A contractor and his crew spend Friday and saturday slowly taking apart the observatory building in Mission’s Fraser River Heritage park.

After more than a year of public debate and controversy, the building is being dismantled.

The proposed observatory has been the subject of a large public debate since the idea was first approved by the previous council in 2013.

Construction began in March 2014 but the project was halted after the current council decided not to renew the park management contract with the Mission Heritage Association.

Instead the district took over management of the park and construction of all remaining buildings on site, including the observatory.

A decision was then made to abandon the observatory project. The district said there were several code violations in the structures and safety concerns.

The association disagreed and the mostly public debate has been going on ever since.

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