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[LINK] CBC Hamilton - Developer wants to tear down James Baptist next month
Stanton Renaissance applied for demolition permit last week


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Posted: Feb 22, 2014 9:44 AM ET


In the next month, the historic James Street Baptist Church will start to come down.


Developer Louie Santaguida applied for a demolition permit last week to raze the back two-thirds of the building. If the process goes as planned, the demolition — or as he calls it, "the preservation" — will start in March. He’s just waiting for a go-ahead from the city.


“Work will be happening within the next three to four weeks,” he said. “We are securing the site for preservation.”

Santaguida’s Stanton Renaissance plans to retain the front facade and east tower of the building and replace the rest with an $80-million condo and mixed-use development. The 1878 church is part of a row of downtown heritage buildings that includes the Pigott Building, the Sun Life building and St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church.


The demolition is a sore spot for heritage lovers. While Santaguida’s team insist the building is beyond repair, the city’s heritage permit review subcommittee voted narrowly to recommend that staff allow its demolition.


“What I’m hearing consistently and consecutively is that demolition or collapse is imminent,” subcommittee member Joseph Zidanic said in October.

“If anything happens, I suspect it will happen by virtue of neglect or by virtue of some mechanical intervention.”


At the time, subcommittee members cited projects in Hamilton where historic buildings have been demolished and nothing built in their place.


"Unfortunately, we can’t live in the past," Santaguida told them at the time. "Unfortunately, a lot of our committee members are living in the past. We’re developing the future."

Santaguida applied for the demolition permit on Feb. 12. The time period for reviewing a permit is typically 20 working days, said Debbie Spence, city communications officer, in an email.


The demolition will be contingent on Santaguida fulfilling the heritage permit, which involves saving the heritage parts of the building. Crews have already removed the 1939 pipe organ, which took six weeks to dismantle and store in Niagara.


Santaguida hopes to firm up designs for the project by summer, with construction to begin later this year. He already has interested tenants, he said.
     
     
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thespec.com - Church demo needed before designs complete, says developer

Apr 18, 2014
By Meredith MacLeod


The owner of a heritage-designated former Baptist church on James Street South says he will have concept plans to show in about four weeks, but the demolition of the back portion of the stone building must begin before then.

"It's a safety issue," Louie Santaguida told the city's municipal heritage committee Thursday. He said he is pushing his engineers and architects to get plans together, but it takes time.

"Why does it need to come down now before we know what will go in its place?" pressed committee member Paul Wilson, a Hamilton Spectator columnist.

Santaguida said he couldn't share his plan yet, because "it's changing as we meet every day." He did say he plans to build a multi-storey development, including residential units, cafés, restaurants and a public "galleria" area.

Committee member Michael Adkins said he has been in the building and he believes if a controlled demolition doesn't begin "it will all come down.

"I would rather save some of it than none of it."

Engineering reports have documented crumbling walls, water damage, bowing support pillars and unstable foundations in the 136-year-old sanctuary, which takes up more than two-thirds of the site. Estimates to make repairs have ranged from $2 million to tens of millions.

The city required Santaguida to provide a letter of credit for about $50,000 that provides for conservation of the facing James Street façade of the church, which includes a large arched entrance, and a tower and totals about 16,000 square feet.

It's the first time the city has attached such a condition to a heritage permit, said Steve Robichaud, the city's manager of development planning, heritage and design.

"It covers the stabilization and protection work and ensures the necessary conservation measures are undertaken during construction."

Santaguida said a structural wall is being built inside the church that will keep the façade safe during dismantling. He said crews are "surgically peering" through the building to determine what can be saved. What is removed will be integrated into the new design, he said, including stained glass windows and the stone in the north wall facing Jackson Street.

"We are doing our damnedest to preserve that church," said the president of Toronto-based Stanton Renaissance.

He estimates the total cost of the project is $80 million, which includes the $610,000 he paid for the property.

Janice Brown, president of the Durand Neighbourhood Association, told the committee the public should have more input on plans involving heritage buildings.

She argued the heritage permit review sub-committee, which recommended approval of a demolition permit last fall, should have forwarded the matter.

"How in heaven's name did you make this decision to not have this go forward to the planning and economic development committee and to council? I don't know what your criteria is."

She said the extent of the demolition, the "landmark" value of the building and the controversial nature of the plan meant that it should have been considered by councillors.

"We need to make some changes, otherwise we are going to lose all of our downtown built heritage," said a clearly emotional Brown.

Robichaud said the city is undertaking a review of the 10-year-old delegation bylaw that allows city staff to sign off on heritage applications, as happened in this case.

He said the review wasn't triggered by the James Street Baptist application, but the case will be studied as part of the review.
     
     
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The partial demolition of the church has begun...

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Let's hope the construction part starts soon.
     
     
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It won't, it'll soon turn into a parking lot. No worries.
     
     
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It won't, it'll soon turn into a parking lot. No worries.
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The name of the tower was released today. It'll be called "The Connolly"
     
     
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Hamilton’s James Street Baptist Church will be revamped into The Connolly, a mixed-use project

It’s always a pleasure to see a developer partner up with the local community, especially when the project involves reshaping a historical landmark. Stanton Renaissance is carefully converting Hamilton’s historic James Street Baptist Church, situated at 98 James Street South, into The Connolly, a mixed-use project.

Built between 1878 and 1882 , the church is the oldest in Hamilton and was actually slated for demolition. But Stanton Renaissance will maintain the familiar facade and attempt to save as much of a building that had been condemned as structurally unsound. The refurbishment will see the space re-imagined as a 30-storey mixed-used space with retail, commercial, hotel and residential components.

As the project transitions, the developer wanted to ensure they weren’t entirely abandoning the old for the new. Part of the church since 1939, the enormous pipe organ was saved from the scrap heap when Louie Santaguida, President of Stanton Renaissance, offered the instrument free to anyone willing to remove it. Northern Organs took him up on the offer and painstakingly removed the organ, pipe by pipe in January. The craved wood facade that surrounded the organ was taken by Historia Restorations and displayed at the historic Treble Hall.

Other artifacts from the structure have found homes across the city with fixtures going to Chuck’s Burger Bar and a sheet music cabinet fitting in at the HumblePie Shop. Gas Works, a non-profit serving at-risk youth, even received a piano, gratis.

The original pews are being sold with the funds passed on to local charities and causes. Around Christmas, Stanton Renaissance donated funds to a child in the east end suffering from brain cancer as well as the Good Food box Program.
     
     
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"Stanton Renaissance has hand selected 36 kinds of stones of various shapes and
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