18-28 King St Gore Demolition
Thank you for your interest and your engagement with respect to this important issue.
At 3 p.m. A representative from the group interested in developing the area (Robert Miles) and Tim Bullock (the groups legal representative) along with the acting Chief Building Official and a Building Department staff along with communications staff from our City Manager’s office met with Councillor McHattie and myself at City Hall.
My first question revolved around the July 9th release that stated the demolition would be on hold to allow for a peer review of their engineering report and more time for public input. This release was vetted by all parties before being sent out so the bulldozer didn’t fit the mandate to say the very least.
In this same release I shared my gratitude to Mr. Blanchard for taking the time to work toward a solution, allow for more public input and a peer review of their engineering report with respect to the properties.
Following our meeting Mr. Miles, the partner among the development consortium who had ordered the bulldozer to arrive this morning, had agreed not demolish anything.
So why the confusion?
The developers hold demolition permits for 18 – 28 King. A few days following the July 9th meeting where all parties (approximately 6 City Staff, Mr. Blanchard, Mr. Miles, Mr. Bullock and myself) agreed to hold off on any demolition, the developers received a note from Ed VanderWindt, the city of Hamilton Chief Building Official (CBO). This note included a paragraph that simply shared a Building Code Act section as it relates to showing progress in a demolition in order for a permit to remain valid beyond the 6 month time-line permitted make use of the permit. These permits expire July 25th.
This portion of the note was perceived to be more than a reminder by Mr. Miles and he brought the bulldozer in this morning as a result.
While staff from ED, Heritage Planning, Planning, the City Manager’s Office, and myself were present on July 9th, I failed to invite a staff member from the Building Department. That said, Mr. Miles interpretation may have been easily corrected had he contacted the office after receipt of the letter from our chief building official.
As it happened, there already has been enough demolition work inside the buildings to warrant an extension of the demolition permit. This was confirmed when the Acting CBO and Robert Lalli visited the site and inspected it following the emergency meeting this afternoon. It is my understanding that many areas of dry-wall had been removed as a result of asbestos removal.
Once Mr. Miles had confirmation of this (verbal today/written Monday) he agreed to pull back the bulldozer. It was clear that Mr. Miles is most interested in holding on to his demolition permits in the event these permits may be needed once a solution is found. We did indicate he and his group could reapply at that time, however this was of no interest to him at this time.
It was determined following today’s meeting and ultimately the inspection that followed that we will continue down the path as agreed upon on July 9th (more community consult, peer review on their engineer report, no demolition until a solution is found).
You may expect updates from me as they occur and I will do my best to get them to you in the future in advance of any work that occurs or is perceived to be occurring.
To this point, it was confirmed today that on Monday, qualified workers will remove the non-heritage 21st-century accoutrements from the buildings (signs etc) so restoration workers can get a good look at the façades before work does begin. They will only be extracting non-heritage elements from the facades of these properties on Monday.
In addition, at the request of Councillor McHattie in today’s meeting Mr. Miles agreed to consult with City of Hamilton Heritage Planners as it relates to a solution.
I expect many more good questions and comments will follow this message. My website will soon include an opportunity for you to provide direct input. In addition, any correspondence received via email or bloggs are being saved and will be shared with the property owners.
I am remaining hopeful that we can move forward with a solution sooner rather than later.
Once again, thank you for your engagement and interest.
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Jason Farr has been often recognized as an optimistic community leader who has supported countless city wide institutions and charitable organizations. His fundraising projects, large and small, have lead to many honors, including a Hamilton Distinguished Citizen of the Year nomination in 2000.
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