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Former foundry to be demolished as part of site clean-up

Burnaby city hall has decided a simple clean-up of the former Globe Foundry site at 7647 Willard St. won't be good enough to address its unsightliness.

The foundry in the Big Bend area of South Burnaby closed in 2011 and since then has become a dumping ground and the scene of two fires and the deaths of two people in a trailer, asphyxiated by gas fumes.

After council authorized city crews to enter the site and clean it up last month, city hall has determined the buildings also need to be demolished.

The owner of the properties, who has not responded to the city's attempts to contact them, was given 30 days to complete the work. Otherwise, the city will demolish the buildings and clean up the site and add it to the owner's tax bill.

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