Owner of former Kresge store wants to demolish landmark Hamilton building

News Dec 15, 2016 by Kevin Werner Stoney Creek News

The owner of one of Hamilton’s landmark downtown buildings has applied for a demolition permit.

The Frisina Group applied to Hamilton’s building department Dec. 8 to demolish the former Kresge building located on the northeast corner of King Street East and Hughson Street North across from Gore Park.

“We need to be pro-active on this,” said Hamilton heritage committee member Kathleen Garay at the Dec. 15 meeting. “We need to raise the flag.”

Other committee members took a more cautious approach to the demolition application, saying they didn’t want to react in a knee-jerk fashion.

“If we think it should be designated, we should say so,” said Heritage committee member Ron Sinclair.

But the committee had little information on the heritage value of the building, which was constructed in 1930, to make a proper decision.

The heritage committee is a citizen advisory group, but its recommendations are not binding on politicians.

Stoney Creek Councillor Maria Pearson, who will be chairing the city’s planning committee starting in January, said there has to be a heritage value for the committee to designate the building and for politicians to consider the request.

“What is the big sell?” she said. “You need a designated feature.”

The designation application by the owners kicks off a 60-day period that will expire Feb. 5, 2017, after which Hamilton will have to issue a demolition permit.

The heritage committee agreed to receive further information on the building at their Jan. 19 meeting. Any recommendation from the committee could be sent directly to the Jan. 25 council meeting, which would still meet the Feb. 5 deadline.

The owner of the building has proposed to construct a $50-million, mixed-used development that includes ground-floor commercial and 655 residential units above the sixth floor. The development will include two towers with maximum heights of 25 and 34 storeys. The building would be built on a podium that ranges from three to six storeys. There would be 442 parking spaces.

The King Street location of the former Kresge building was the 22nd store to open in Canada. At the time it was the largest single-floor variety store in the country.

It had a restaurant and lunch counter, and a bakery operation.

The store expanded in 1948 to King William Street.

 In 1977 the company changed its name to Kmart and the store was closed in 1994. In 1998 the building housed Delta Bingo, when it closed in 2014.

             

Owner of former Kresge store wants to demolish landmark Hamilton building

News Dec 15, 2016 by Kevin Werner Stoney Creek News

The owner of one of Hamilton’s landmark downtown buildings has applied for a demolition permit.

The Frisina Group applied to Hamilton’s building department Dec. 8 to demolish the former Kresge building located on the northeast corner of King Street East and Hughson Street North across from Gore Park.

“We need to be pro-active on this,” said Hamilton heritage committee member Kathleen Garay at the Dec. 15 meeting. “We need to raise the flag.”

Other committee members took a more cautious approach to the demolition application, saying they didn’t want to react in a knee-jerk fashion.

“If we think it should be designated, we should say so,” said Heritage committee member Ron Sinclair.

But the committee had little information on the heritage value of the building, which was constructed in 1930, to make a proper decision.

The heritage committee is a citizen advisory group, but its recommendations are not binding on politicians.

Stoney Creek Councillor Maria Pearson, who will be chairing the city’s planning committee starting in January, said there has to be a heritage value for the committee to designate the building and for politicians to consider the request.

“What is the big sell?” she said. “You need a designated feature.”

The designation application by the owners kicks off a 60-day period that will expire Feb. 5, 2017, after which Hamilton will have to issue a demolition permit.

The heritage committee agreed to receive further information on the building at their Jan. 19 meeting. Any recommendation from the committee could be sent directly to the Jan. 25 council meeting, which would still meet the Feb. 5 deadline.

The owner of the building has proposed to construct a $50-million, mixed-used development that includes ground-floor commercial and 655 residential units above the sixth floor. The development will include two towers with maximum heights of 25 and 34 storeys. The building would be built on a podium that ranges from three to six storeys. There would be 442 parking spaces.

The King Street location of the former Kresge building was the 22nd store to open in Canada. At the time it was the largest single-floor variety store in the country.

It had a restaurant and lunch counter, and a bakery operation.

The store expanded in 1948 to King William Street.

 In 1977 the company changed its name to Kmart and the store was closed in 1994. In 1998 the building housed Delta Bingo, when it closed in 2014.

             

Owner of former Kresge store wants to demolish landmark Hamilton building

News Dec 15, 2016 by Kevin Werner Stoney Creek News

The owner of one of Hamilton’s landmark downtown buildings has applied for a demolition permit.

The Frisina Group applied to Hamilton’s building department Dec. 8 to demolish the former Kresge building located on the northeast corner of King Street East and Hughson Street North across from Gore Park.

“We need to be pro-active on this,” said Hamilton heritage committee member Kathleen Garay at the Dec. 15 meeting. “We need to raise the flag.”

Other committee members took a more cautious approach to the demolition application, saying they didn’t want to react in a knee-jerk fashion.

“If we think it should be designated, we should say so,” said Heritage committee member Ron Sinclair.

But the committee had little information on the heritage value of the building, which was constructed in 1930, to make a proper decision.

The heritage committee is a citizen advisory group, but its recommendations are not binding on politicians.

Stoney Creek Councillor Maria Pearson, who will be chairing the city’s planning committee starting in January, said there has to be a heritage value for the committee to designate the building and for politicians to consider the request.

“What is the big sell?” she said. “You need a designated feature.”

The designation application by the owners kicks off a 60-day period that will expire Feb. 5, 2017, after which Hamilton will have to issue a demolition permit.

The heritage committee agreed to receive further information on the building at their Jan. 19 meeting. Any recommendation from the committee could be sent directly to the Jan. 25 council meeting, which would still meet the Feb. 5 deadline.

The owner of the building has proposed to construct a $50-million, mixed-used development that includes ground-floor commercial and 655 residential units above the sixth floor. The development will include two towers with maximum heights of 25 and 34 storeys. The building would be built on a podium that ranges from three to six storeys. There would be 442 parking spaces.

The King Street location of the former Kresge building was the 22nd store to open in Canada. At the time it was the largest single-floor variety store in the country.

It had a restaurant and lunch counter, and a bakery operation.

The store expanded in 1948 to King William Street.

 In 1977 the company changed its name to Kmart and the store was closed in 1994. In 1998 the building housed Delta Bingo, when it closed in 2014.