Half of a demolition request for historic buildings on King Street received support at the committee level Monday night.
A public input session was held at the Planning and Environment Committee meeting to discuss the demolition of properties owned by Southside Group.
Councillors agreed with a staff recommendation to tear down the 124-year-old blue building at 175-181 King Street — on the condition that the facade is incorporated into any new development. While that will get the green light, the white building next to it isn’t going anywhere.
Both buildings are designated heritage properties, and are both said to be beyond repair. Debbert Engineering filed the report to the City and recommends the entire blue building should be demolished, since trying to restore it would be impractical.
Southside Group wants to level both buildings to make way for a $40 million, 25-storey highrise. The City has so far blocked that effort, and increased heritage protections for the property in January.
Meanwhile, the Corporate Services Committee gave approval for a demolition project a few blocks away.
The former Yuk Yuk’s building on Wellington Street as well as another city owned building at 280 York Street are likely to have a date with the wrecking ball.
The demolition of that building would allow the London Convention Centre to expand.
Both projects will go before full council for approval.