Old hydro building soon to be out of sight
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Aug 01, 2014  |  Vote 0    0

Old hydro building soon to be out of sight

Stratford Gazette

Jeff Heuchert editor@statfordgazette.com

An eyesore in Stratford's city centre will soon be out of sight.

The old transformer station building directly to the west of the York Street parking lot is slated for demolition. A heritage permit for the work has been approved at subcommittee level but still needs council's support before moving ahead.

The building is owned by Festival Hydro but is no longer in use and has sat vacant for the last two years. It's showing signs of its age with severe deterioration on the north-facing exterior wall as well as on parts of the accessible roof that is level with York Street. The orange security fencing that was put up around parts of the building is falling over.

The proposed work will include demolition of all exterior walls above grade and infilling with compacted granular material and topsoil to match the existing slope of the hill towards the river. Once complete, none of the existing building will be visible above grade.

Due to ongoing health and safety concerns over the possible presence of contaminants in the building, as well as leaking water and mold,  the site will be fenced off and shrubs used to control access. A fence would not be required only if the site was remediated of all contaminants.

The Heritage Stratford permit review subcommittee has recommended the fence not be chain link and that it be consistent with the design of fencing currently installed along the York Street parking lot.

The pedestrian sidewalk in front of the building on the north side of York Street will be reinstalled after the work.

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