Residents of north end Hamilton street finally allowed to come home

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Published January 18, 2024 at 3:21 pm

75 Ferrie St. E. Hamilton. Photo Joey Coleman

Residents of a north-end street displaced for a week by an “unsafe” building under construction finally got to go home Wednesday after an engineer hired by the City of Hamilton deemed the structure sufficiently shored and “no longer an imminent risk.”

Neighbours of the building at 75 Ferrie St. E were told January 10 to find alternate accommodation because the house under construction was in danger of collapse. The residents were told to stay away until an emergency contractor and a professional engineer deemed it safe to return.

The residents of the neighbouring properties were able to return to their dwellings yesterday afternoon when Building Division staff received confirmation from the engineer the building was no longer in danger of collapse.

The City of Hamilton said via email it “appreciates the continued patience and understanding of the community” as Ferrie Street remains closed between John and Catharine streets until the remaining work is complete.

An Order to Comply, under the Ontario Building Code, was also issued Wednesday, requiring the owner to submit ongoing monitoring reports of the shoring and rectification efforts within seven days.

“Our priority remains the safety of neighbours, their dwellings and the community as we continue working with the property owner/applicant toward a solution that prioritizes the safety of all involved,” said Hamilton Building Inspections Manager Bob Nuttall.

An off-duty City building inspector noticed the structure. 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,” Nuttall said.

Neighbouring property owners and tenants were then advised to find somewhere else to live “out of an abundance of caution.”

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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