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Condo development in the former Hamilton Store Fixtures, razed by fire, will continue as planned

It could be until September before a mountain of debris left over from a massive fire at a historic downtown building last month is cleared away.

A pile of rubble nearly the height of a street lamp replaced old light fixtures in the Hamilton store on June 18 after an early morning fire leveled the century-old building at the corner of King and Caroline streets.

Once notorious for its unsightly brown metal siding, the iconic site was ready to be transformed into a modern condo tower before the suspicious fire – which led to a woman being charged with arson – broke out.

And that remains the plan despite cleaning up the remains of the structure which is expected to take eight weeks.

“The project is progressing as planned with a new building and residences that celebrate the spirit of the site’s former life as a radio station,” said Vernon Shaw, the Toronto-based developer behind the skyscraper project. brick and beam home at 206 King St. W.

Dubbed the “Radio Arts” condos — a name evoking the building’s former life as a radio station in the 1960s — Shaw plans to erect a 13-story, 122-unit tower marketed to the site’s young professionals.

Town Center Councilor Jason Farr previously said the developer plans to start construction in the fall.

But the group still needs city permits that will allow a professional cleaning crew to clear their property of debris, Shaw said.

While the historic building was a total loss to the fire, Shaw said he hoped to incorporate some of his past into the new skyscraper.

“Our design team will continue to look for opportunities to incorporate elements that celebrate the original building’s brick and dorade architecture and life as Hamilton’s former broadcasting station,” said the president of Canlight Realty and Radio Arts.