Comment 73487

By highwater (registered) | Posted January 30, 2012 at 10:03:57 in reply to Comment 73477

The foundation was laid for the third wing of the building to complete the "Y" (and not a mirror image of the front two wings)

I stand corrected.

The foundation was not laid to hold a "tower" as stated, but a mid-rise building as tall as the current front two wings.

Semantics. No one is proposing anything taller than the current wings.

...unless there is a comprehensive excavation and structural testing done to uncover these footings and ascertain its current state and the potential capacity to bear new load.

This goes without saying, but since the alternative is new construction which will require the construction of entirely new foundations, it's disingenuous to suggest that the testing of existing foundations is so onerous as to be a deal-breaker.

(even if the old drawings are found)

They are in the City's Heritage Planning Dept.

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