this blog entry has been updated
Workers today were removing sealed yellow bags of asbestos-containing material from 24 and 28 King Street East and loading them into a dumpster in the rear of the 30 King Street East lot, which was demolished in May 2011.
Bags stacked in a dumpster in the rear of 30 King Street East
According to Robert Miles, senior property manager for Wilson-Blanchard:
These bags are filled with asbestos containing material, such as plaster, vinyl floor tile and pipe insulation in preparation for the upcoming demolition.
Wilson-Blanchard has a demolition order for 18-22, 24 and 28 King Street East, but has submitted a letter of intent to revoke the permit for 18-22, the facade and front part which the developer says it will preserve "if possible".
More dumpsters in the rear of 30 King Street East
Local heritage advocates want City Council to designate the historic buildings under the Heritage Act, but Council does not value heritage very much. Instead, the City negotiated a compromise to maintain the facade of 18-22 without designating any of the buildings.
The developer, Wilson-Blanchard, has announced its intention to build a new multi-storey development on the block bounded by James, King, Hughson and Main, but has provided no details and submitted no plans.
Update: updated to add the response from Robert Miles.
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