The demolition of the historic buildings lining Gore Park has been halted for now, but the fate of the site remains uncertain.

According to Councillor Brian McHattie of Ward 1, they will likely be designated as heritage buildings so that they can qualify for the city's heritage property grants and be restored by their property developer Wilson-Blanchard.

The turn of events came a weekend after heavy machinery was moved to the site on July 19. Demolition planned for the next day was called off after a last-minute meeting between councillors, city officials and Wilson-Blanchard. The parties have verbally agreed to halt any demolition to allow a peer review of the developer's engineering report and more time for public input.

CBC Hamilton has put together a timeline to document the historic buildings in limbo.