More vacant properties slated for demolition as Hamilton LRT project moves ahead

Work to prepare for the future Hamilton LRT project continues to ramp up ahead of early construction activities. It includes dealing with vacant Metrolinx-owned properties. Here’s what you need to know about the new sites.

Demolition of several Metrolinx-owned properties on the Hamilton light rail transit (LRT) corridor will begin in the coming months.

It follows work completed at other Metrolinx-owned properties earlier this year.

This will ensure community safety and prepare for future construction, as the demolition will reduce the risk of fire, vandalism and illegal activities in these properties.

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Here’s an example of one of the properties. This one is at at 918 Main Street West. (Metrolinx photo)

The 12 additional buildings include:

  • 85 Paisley Avenue South
  • 918 Main Street West
  • 930 Main Street West/160 Bond Street South
  • 940 Main Street West
  • 670-674 King Street East
  • 676-680 King Street East
  • 692 King Street East
  • 696 King Street East
  • 787-789 King Street East
  • 924 King St East
  • 1030 King St East
  • 1407 Main St East

Demolition work will begin across the corridor as early as November, pending permit approvals, with utility disconnections beginning this week.

Metrolinx is working with demolition subcontractors and the City of Hamilton to make sure pedestrian, transit and vehicle access or detours are visible and easy to follow. Residents and businesses near the work will receive advance notice of demolition activities.

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A building at 924 King Street East, slated for demolition. (Metrolinx photo)

In the coming years, these properties will be required for station stops, infrastructure, and widening to accommodate the future LRT right of way. In the short term, demolition sites will be restored, secured with fencing and monitored by security contractors.

Demolition of 21 corridor properties was completed earlier this year, and two additional buildings at Main and Kenilworth were also recently demolished, with site restoration expected to wrap up this week.

Property acquisition for full and partial properties required for LRT is expected to resume later this year and into 2022. As property requirements continue to be confirmed, Metrolinx will reach out directly to impacted owners.

Early works construction – that’s utility relocations – is expected to begin in spring 2022 and procurement – the Request for Qualifications for bidders – on the main construction contract may start this winter.

Story by Jessica Scott, community relations and issues specialist, Hamilton-Niagara