Greenwich-Mohawk brownfield demolition delayed
Demolition of buildings at the Greenwich-Mohawk brownfield is unlikely to begin before late January.
Work at the vacant Cockshutt and Massey Ferguson buildings at 66 Mohawk St. and 347 Greenwich St. had been anticipated to start before the end of the year, but contractors need more time to inspect the buildings and prepare their bids.
Of particular interest is the potential to salvage any scrap metal on site.
In a 6-5 decision, council voted on Monday to change the demolition tender to seek the cost of leaving the portico of the former Cockshutt Plow Co. office building intact and bracing it, rather than dismantling it brick by brick and storing the bricks off site with an eye to future reconstruction.
The move was prompted by Coun. Dan McCreary’s news that members of the Cockshutt family were interested in incorporating the portico into a future museum inside the timekeeper’s building that would highlight Brantford’s heritage as a hub of farm equipment production.
Several councillors expressed concern that preserving parts of the fire-damaged office building would add time and cost to the already much-delayed project.