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Front Canopy of ‘Hitch’n Post Saloon’ Scheduled for Removal

Site prep for demolition begins - removal of canopy will occur over several days

Post Date:09/10/2018 2:06 PM

Medicine Hat – Demolition of the building known as the Hitch’n Post Saloon will take place in stages over the coming month. This week the contractor will put scaffolding, a canopy and barriers in place for safety as they prepare the site. 

The building is scheduled to come down in stages starting September 11:

  • September 11: Work begins to remove front canopy of the building 
  • October 5-7: Demolition of the remainder of the building (3 days)

The City of Medicine Hat and the Orphan Well Association (OWA) formed an agreement last winter to work together on this project in the interest of public health and safety. 

“We are pleased to move into Phase 2 of the project which is the demolition of the building,” said Stan Schwartzenberger, Commissioner of Development and Infrastructure for the City. “This project will ensure that public safety issues regarding the historic well on this site are addressed using modern technology. This vacant building has deteriorated over time, and its removal will benefit our downtown core.”

The City is working closely with businesses immediately beside the building that will be temporarily closed for safety reasons during the building demolition in a few weeks. At that time, there will be a sidewalk closure and minimal disruption to traffic. People may watch as long as they remain safely behind all barricades and obey all signage.
“We have been working closely with adjacent and nearby businesses and appreciate their understanding and cooperation during this project,” added Schwartzenberger. “All public safety and environmental regulations will be followed, including continual monitoring of methane levels. Work crews will also wear personal monitors during the demolition work.”

The building will be well ventilated and highly sensitive equipment will be used to monitor methane levels throughout the demolition. Methane is non-toxic and dissipates readily when exposed to the air. The next step, Phase 3, will see the OWA install an enhanced Soil Gas Management System to manage the methane associated with the old well into the future. 

For more information and to view a project timeline please visit the 210 South Railway Street project page on the “In the Works” page on the City’s website in the What’s New section. Anyone with questions about the project can call Corporate Asset Management at 403.502.8019.

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For more information:

Media Contact:
Stan Schwartzenberger
Commissioner of Development and Infrastructure
City of Medicine Hat

Public Inquiries

Corporate Asset Management
City of Medicine Hat



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