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Hamilton Spectator: Good News from the Gore
Teviah Moro | November 29, 2017

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Two more facades to be preserved on historic Gore Park buildings: developer

https://www.thespec.com/news-story/7968696-two-more-facades-to-be-preserved-on-historic-gore-park-buildings-developer/?s=e

 

Gore Park

The developer planning residential units in the Gore Park block now intends to save all the existing heritage facades. - John Rennison,The Hamilton Spectator 

The developers behind a plan to build a residential complex overlooking Gore Park now say all of the existing heritage facades will be preserved.

The change in direction promises to bring to end years of debate and legal action over the preservation of the 19th-century buildings at downtown's signature green space.

"We're going positively forward. The city is supporting us 100 per cent," Robert Miles, senior commercial property manager for the Hughson Business Space Corporation, told The Spectator.

The consortium had initially planned to raze all of the old buildings, but reached a compromise in January with council to keep the facades of 18-22 King St. intact.

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On Tuesday, Hughson announced more study had shown 24-28 King St. E. facades can also be spared demolition.

Coun. Jason Farr said he's "very pleased" with the new plan. "It's been a roller-coaster ride."

Miles said a third-party consultant showed Hughson a way to preserve the facades of 24-28 that the partners hadn't considered.

Then, the case for saving just 18-22 — but not 24-28 — "just didn't make sense."

"If you had a crystal ball, you would maybe do things differently," Miles said about whether the developers should have agreed to save all the facades from the outset.

The plan is to build a 24-unit residential building with some commercial space as well.

Editors Notes: Congrats to Friends of the Gore for a very positive step forward. The article mentions advice from a third party heritage consultant....who do we thank?
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