Neighbours of “unsafe” building under construction in Hamilton’s north end told to find “alternative accomodation”


Published January 12, 2024 at 5:05 pm

75 Ferrie St. E in Hamilton's north end. Photo Joey Coleman

Neighbours of an “unsafe” building under construction and in danger of collapse on Ferrie St. E. in Hamilton have been told to find alternate accommodation until an emergency contractor and a professional engineer deems it safe to return, City officials say.

An off-duty City building inspector noticed the structure at 75 Ferrie St. E. appeared unsafe on January 10 at about 5 p.m. and immediately notified a standby after-hours inspector.

Within half an hour, an on-duty building inspector was on the scene and confirmed the diagnosis and that the building was “at risk of failure,” said Hamilton Building Inspections Manager Bob Nuttall.

An emergency contractor then talked to the neighbouring property owners and advised they temporarily seek alternate accommodations “out of an abundance of caution.”

Nuttall said the building continues to be examined by a professional engineer, hired by the City to “determine next steps.”

“Our absolute priority is the safety of neighbours and their dwellings, while ensuring the structure does not collapse,” he said, adding that the Ferrie Street between John and Catharine Streets will remain closed “until further notice.”

Nuttall said he hopes the City can “work together” with the property owner and the applicant toward a solution that “prioritizes the safety of all involved.”

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