Owner hopes to restore historic burned out Pasadena Apartments

The owner of 27 Bold St. is holding out hope that the historic apartment building can be saved after a massive fire that severely damaged the building and left its 28 tenants homeless
Local photographer Jessica Rose has compiled a photo essay of the damaged building, which she will post Monday evening at her website notmytypewriter.com. "It's such a loss for our neighbourhood," she says. (Jessica Rose)

The owner of 27 Bold St. is holding out hope that the historic apartment building can be saved.

The fire department still has control of the Pasadena Apartments, one of Hamilton’s oldest apartment buildings. The 1914 heritage building was nearly destroyed by fire on Feb. 20.

Our preference would be to repair it and have everything go back to the status quo.- David Nevins, vice-president of CLV Group

The building had 17 apartments and 28 registered tenants, said David Nevins, vice-president of CLV Group, which owns the building. As soon as firefighters hand it over, the company will hire engineers and architects to examine the remains to see if the building can be restored.

“Our preference would be to repair it and have everything go back to the status quo,” he said. “We’ll have to see what engineers and architects tell us the outcome will be.”

The fire started in the boiler room, climbing through the walls and bursting through the roof. The fire started just after 8 p.m. and burned long into the night.

Engineers on notice

The basement was equipped with sprinklers, and the building was up to fire code, Nevins said. CLV Group has already put engineers on notice that they’ll be called to inspect the remnants.

The Ontario Fire Marshal is investigating the cause, and as of Monday afternoon had no findings. Once investigators leave the scene, the CLV Group takes over responsibility of the building, said Claudio Mostacci, fire department spokesperson.

No tenants were injured in the fire, although one firefighter was treated for heat exhaustion.

Meanwhile, the following fundraising efforts are in place:

  • Catalyst Specialized Personal Training is asking clients and friends to drop off toiletries, gently used clothing, grocery and gift cards and non-perishable food to the studio. The Corktown Pub and Pheasant Plucker are taking monetary donations.
  • A group of community volunteers, including local firefighters Adam Shea and John Piercy, are organizing a fundraiser for later this spring. They’re still working on the details, Shea said, but it will likely be a musical event. If residents don't need donations, the fundraiser will benefit Red Cross emergency disaster relief.
  • Conscious Grooves is holding a fundraiser at the Doors Pub at 9 p.m. on March 7.

The CLV Group has provided hotels to tenants who need a place to stay, as well as gift cards, Nevins said. The company owns three apartment buildings in Hamilton.

Meanwhile, Hamilton residents such as local artist Chris Erskine have taken to blogs and YouTube lamenting the building’s loss.

“It’s like going to a funeral parlour and seeing someone you know,” Erskine said in a video blog.


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