Work progressing on downtown condominium

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Work is progressing on repairing structural issues at the Harbour Place condominium at 185 Ontario St. in Kingston.

Harbour Place condominium, at 185 Ontario St. in Kingston. (Ian MacAlpine/The Whig-Standard) Ian MacAlpine / Ian MacAlpine/Kingston Whig-Standard/Postmedia Network

Residents in 15 units of the building had to vacate early last week due to the issue in their area of the building.

“Our engineer has developed a shoring plan and we’re in the middle of implementing or executing that shoring plan,” Vince Bennett of Bendale Property Management said in an interview on Wednesday.

The work was on hold on Wednesday as work crews awaited the arrival of more shoring posts, which were to arrive Wednesday evening or Thursday morning.

Bennett wasn’t sure when displaced residents will be able to return to their units.

“I can’t say at this time,” he said. “The shoring plan is going well and we’re working as quickly and efficiently as possible.”

Displaced residents are staying at local hotels or staying with family or friends.

The building, built in 1980, has a total of 123 units on 16 levels with two levels below grade. Residents of the remaining 108 units were not affected and are still residing in the building.

The building is the tallest on Kingston’s waterfront.

“Once the shoring plan is in place, the engineer will have to go back and reconfirm each level according to his drawings,” Bennett said. “So it’s a timely process, but it’s important that it’s done properly.”

Temporary fencing has been installed in front of the building’s Ontario Street entrance as well on Johnson Street below Ontario Street until the work is complete.