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By kevlahan (registered) | Posted July 19, 2013 at 14:07:19
Apparently, their current demolition permits were due to expire in early August, and so they are likely rushing to demolish just in case they have problems renewing the demolition permits. Of course, they knew when the permits would expire when they promised Councillor Farr just last week they would not proceed with the demolition "in the near future". Clearly, that agreement was a ruse to make it easier to start this surprise demolition just when the citizens of Hamilton thought a truce had been negotiated.
In case anyone has forgotten, here is Farr's press release from just nine days ago announcing the "good news". It is pretty hard to reconcile what is happening with "Councillor Farr requested and it was agreed that any demolition would be stopped"!!
July 9, 2013 – Hamilton, ON - Early this afternoon, Councillor Jason Farr, Mr. David Blanchard and his representatives, city staff from Planning & Economic Development including Heritage Planning, as well as staff from the City Manager’s Office met. At that meeting Councillor Farr requested and it was agreed that any demolition would be stopped on the 24, 28 King St. Gore Park buildings as a solution is sought to maintain the architectural and heritage character of the Gore properties. This interim step allows time for continued community input, as well as dialogue between Mr. Blanchard and city staff.
Furthermore, staff has also requested that an independent peer review be done of the engineering report undertaken by the owner of these properties as an immediate next step.
“I want to thank Mr. Blanchard for his willingness to seek a solution”, said Councillor Jason Farr. “There has been a significant focus on citizen input and engagement the last little while and it is important that it be considered in our decision making process.”
“Gore Park is important to this entire community. I remain committed to finding a solution that allows us to maintain the architectural and heritage character of Gore Park while also trying to move forward with this exciting project,” added Councillor Farr. (End of press release)
Comment edited by kevlahan on 2013-07-19 14:28:15
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