Comment 93130

By H+H (registered) - website | Posted October 11, 2013 at 06:25:32 in reply to Comment 93120

Thanks Maggie for the detailed description of what's wrong with the building.

May I ask that you ask "Louie" (your client) and "Drew" (his architect) for as much detail as to what they have in mind going forward. I think this only fair since, according to you, they knew of the problems before they even bought the place, which has given them plenty of time to develop some specific plans. Not only that, but given your own profession, presumably you have some sense for what they've hired you to sell beyond just boxes in the sky on a good street near local and regional transit.

I'd encourage the owners and their contracted suppliers not to blame heritage advocates too loudly for their concerns and for their skepticism. The same things were said about the Lister Block in terms of its danger to pedestrians. Oddly enough, it's not only still standing, they didn't do any remedial structural work to it at all when they restored it. I'm not saying the engineers reports are inaccurate, but I am most certainly saying that Hamiltonians have plenty of examples of the being played. Empathy and details about the future plans for this project are likely a winning combination here. Both of which, I might add, seem to be in short supply at the moment. Simply stated, "Given this, we plan to do this . . ." versus "Given this, we plan to do something."

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