City hall OK’s plan to demolish historic building

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HERITAGE advocates are fuming after city councillors agreed to a plan to allow a seniors' housing complex to replace the 128-year-old Shanghai Restaurant building in Chinatown.

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HERITAGE advocates are fuming after city councillors agreed to a plan to allow a seniors’ housing complex to replace the 128-year-old Shanghai Restaurant building in Chinatown.

On Monday, council’s property and development committee voted unanimously to reject a recommendation by city heritage experts to protect the Shanghai building and agreed to a plan to allow the King Street block to be demolished once its future owner comes up with a concrete redevelopment plan.

Built in 1882, the stone-and-brick, two-storey structure once served as a temporary city hall and has housed the Shanghai Restaurant on the main floor since the 1940s. But the second floor was deemed unsafe in the 1980s and the south and west walls are at risk of falling apart, architect Ray Wan told the property and development committee on Monday.

Heritage Winnipeg executive director Cindy Tugwell and Fort Rouge Coun. Jenny Gerbasi, however, argued councillors could not determine whether the building is not worth repairing because there was no engineer’s report attached to a property department recommendation to allow a conditional demolition.

Meanwhile, the owner of the St. Charles Hotel has lost an appeal against a city order to either fix windows on his Exchange District property or apply for a permit to keep them boarded up.

Since 2008, Ken Zaifman has been working on a plan to transform the vacant St. Charles Hotel on Notre Dame Avenue into a boutique property.

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