Revitalization

Demolishing Our Heritage at James and Charlton

By Jason Leach
Published October 02, 2007

I saw the fencing go around this site at James South and Charlton a week ago. I just assumed they were renovating the place - it didn't even cross my mind that the hospital would try to demolish such a historic locale.

I'm in Hamilton. I should know better by now.

Jason Leach was born and raised in the Hammer and currently lives downtown with his wife and children. You can follow him on twitter.

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By peter (anonymous) | Posted October 02, 2007 at 22:01:36

the city must absolutely not allow this to happen. it's a beautiful building and, god knows, we've lost enough of those.

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By Frank (registered) | Posted October 03, 2007 at 09:26:21

There is a fight for the building. It's actually owned by St. Joes and it's them that are pushing through with the demolition. I believe they want to build more office space.... Of course, it's the city that OK'd it. When I heard it on the radio the first thing I thought of was - why not build office space on top of that ugly parking garage south of St. Josephs Drive?

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By peter (anonymous) | Posted October 03, 2007 at 11:41:08

i've heard it's a done deal. very disappointing.

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By jason (registered) | Posted October 03, 2007 at 20:16:39

what is being built there? as far as I know it's now illegal to demolish a building along James or King and leave it as a parking lot (that bylaw came into effect about 30 years too late).

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By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted October 04, 2007 at 08:04:36

They're looking to build office space.

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By heritage advocate (anonymous) | Posted October 06, 2007 at 16:52:23

It's not too late....contact St. Joe's, the St. Joseph Foundation Board of Directors and your local politicians. They want to tear down an 1855 building and get this....put in a portable. Reasoning....current building is not accessible. Not good enough. There's room to build around it and adaptively reuse what is there. What a sin that this can happen in this day and age. And from an evnironmental standpoint...all that building material into landfill!! Do what you can - please!

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