Planning committee approves the demolition of historic Gore Park buildings

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Aidan voted against the demolition of 18 to 28 King Street E located across from Gore Park at the January 17th Planning Committee meeting (click here for Planning Committee Agendas).   

In a statement to the Hamilton Spectator, Aidan said he opposed the motion because there is no turning back once the buildings are taken down and a better option would be to "wait for a future moment when a plan that has more buy-in from all of our thoughtful public spirited stakeholders is available.

"Given there is significant economic renewal taking part in our city, there is reason to hope ... that a future moment is coming where wealth and opportunity will combine in our city to permit a significantly better plan than we are looking at today."  Link to full article here.

The vote passed 6-3 in favour of allowing Hughson Business Space Corporation to knock down 18-28 King St. E. but preserving the facades of 18 and 22; decision will next go to city council on January 25 for final approval.

The city's Municipal Heritage Committee along with many local Heritage Advocates also recommended against the demolition. 

The owner is proposing to build a 5 storey rental condo building with commercial space on the ground floor.