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December 10, 2003
Demolition and collapse of Uptown Theatre, 35 Balmuto Street
The City of Toronto is providing the media with the following information
update regarding the demolition and collapse of the Uptown Theatre at 35
Balmuto Street on December 8, 2003.

1. Is the demolition of the Uptown Theatre complete?
The City of Toronto was advised on December 10, 2003 by the company demolishing
the Uptown Theatre that demolition will pause today and resume Thursday morning
at 7 a.m.

2. Why is the demolition taking longer than expected?
The engineering firm hired to oversee the demolition has advised the City of
Toronto that demolition is taking longer than they originally planned. The
pause will allow the specialized crews to rest, ensuring the demolition
proceeds safely. The pause will also provide an opportunity for the owners of
adjacent buildings that were damaged by the theatre's collapse to close and
secure their sites.

3. Is the structure at 35 Balmuto Street safe?
The engineering firm has confirmed that the remaining structure is stable.

4. Which roads will remain closed?
Yonge Street north and south was reopened this morning and vehicular and
pedestrian traffic have resumed. Balmuto Street will remain closed until
further notice.

5. Will businesses also be opened?
Businesses along the east side of Yonge Street have reopened.
However, those businesses on the west side of Yonge Street and the south side
of Bloor Street which have direct access to the laneway adjacent to the
demolition site have been advised to remain closed until further notice.

6. When will the demolition be complete?
The engineering firm and demolition company have advised the City that they
expect the demolition to be complete at the end of the day Thursday.

7. Will the City inspectors remain onsite during demolition?
Yes. City Building inspectors will be back onsite at 7 a.m. Thursday morning,
along with the engineering firm hired by the property owners. The engineers and
the City inspectors will remain onsite for the duration of the demolition.

December 9, 2003: Questions and answers:

December 10, 2003: Questions and answers:

December 11, 2003: Questions and answers

Media contacts:
Pinelopi Gramatikopoulos,
Communications Coordinator,

V. Ann Borooah,
City of Toronto Chief Building Official,



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