Century poised to fall

posted by Michael Zoldessy on January 11, 2010 at 9:40 am

HAMILTON, ONTARIO, CANADA — The Century Theatre is scheduled to be torn down today after years of deterioration.

Barring a last-minute miracle, the entire Century Theatre will come down as early as Monday, the city’s chief building official says.

John Spolnik, who is also director of building services for the city, said he spoke with the engineer hired by the historic buildings' owner after the engineer’s inspection yesterday.

To save the facade, which was the owners' development plan, would require an extensive design and stabilization process, he said. This would take too much time — time the city does not have because of safety concerns.

Read more in the Spectator.

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