By Kevin Werner, News Staff
The backhoes began taking down a part of Stoney Creek history this week, in preparation for a $20-million seniors’ complex that Hamilton politicians approved last year.
Sergio Manchia, an associate with the IBI Group, who represents the owner of the Stoney Creek Dairy property, said the city issued the demolition permit recently to take down the former buildings of the facility. A blue fence was installed around the property, with the work scheduled to take about a month to complete.
“The building should be knocked down by March,” said Manchia. “This is part and parcel of the entire process. We are still working with the city and the clients (on the plan).”
The owners have proposed building two five-storey buildings on the 1.03 hectares of land along King and Passmore streets. The facility is expected to contain 120 suites, with another 80 assisted living rooms. The two five-storey buildings would be connected with a walkway. The facility will have a dinning area, and possibly roof-top gardens.
Councillors approved the development proposal in July 2012.
Some residents are opposed to the complex, concerned about the buildings’ height, and traffic through the neighbourhood.
The developers have stated they want to open a limited commercial outlet located onKing Streetwhere Hutch’s operated, which would sell ice cream and other snacks.
The seniors’ complex was first proposed in 2010 when the Stoney Creek Dairy was purchased, and eventually closed.
The original idea was to construct a six-storey residential facility.
In 2010, Montreal’s Lambert Cream purchased the Stoney Creek Dairy, and then closed the plant. The company went bankrupt, and in 2010 Products Plaisirs Glaces Inc. inLachine, Quebec bought the dairy.
The dairy had been a popular destination for area residents since it opened 70 years ago, attracting children and adults alike. The place was so busy in the 1960s, say some residents, that King Street resembled a parking lot. The owners closed it down in September, 2012.