The City of Hamilton could soon be in a position to demolish the vacant Dairy Queen building at 16 King St. E.
More than six months after a demolition permit was issued to the property owner, city building department staff were trying to reach Reza Soufian to find out his intentions for the property.
John Lane, manager of building inspections, said last Wednesday if the department hadn't heard back from Soufian by the end of the week a formal letter would be sent "requesting the owner reveal his/her intentions to us."
If that request goes unanswered, Lane said the building department will be in a position to revoke the demolition permit issued in July 2016.
"Taking into consideration the condition of the property, the revocation of the permit would coincide with a notice from the building division to the city's municipal law enforcement section recommending a property standards bylaw investigation and possible enforcement," Lane said.
Kim Coombs, the acting director of municipal law enforcement, said the city can order repair of the building or demolish it.
Six months after the demolition permit was issued, a building inspector visited the property and found the building was still there.
"In situations like this, the building division takes steps to contact the property owner, to ascertain the reason why the building has not been demolished," Lane said. "We will not revoke the permit without giving the owner a chance to request - and pay for - a permit extension."
More than four years ago, the Dairy Queen store closed and a proposal was made for an eight-storey building featuring seven residential floors with 71 units and one above-grade parking level, plus four ground-floor commercial units. The original proposal suggested the development would include a new Dairy Queen restaurant.
No site plan application was submitted to the city for development at the site. Soufian did not respond to phone calls and an email from the Dundas Star News before deadline.