210 South Railway Street Building Demolition

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The City of Medicine Hat and the Orphan Well Association (OWA) are working together to demolish the building known as the Hitch’n Post Saloon (210 South Railway Street) in the interest of public health and safety. 

This building has been vacant for ten years and has experienced significant deterioration. “American Hotel Well No. 1,” an historical well drilled in the 1890s, is located on the property and needs to be managed. Following demolition and site clean-up, the OWA will install an Enhanced Soil Gas Management System by the OWA to manage the methane associated with the old well.

Throughout this project all required public safety and environmental regulations will be strictly followed to ensure the safety of nearby businesses, residents and the public.

Final Demolition October 5-7

Read the Public Advisory (PDF)
Information Handout (PDF)

The building at 210 South Railway Street known as the Hitch’n’ Post is scheduled for demolition beginning tomorrow, October 5 and will come down in stages over three days.

People may watch the demolition process as long as they remain safely behind all barricades. The sidewalk in front of the building remains closed and there will be minimal disruption to traffic. Pedestrians and drivers in the area are reminded to obey all signage in place... (read more)

Previous Updates

September 10 News Release
September 10 Updated Information Handout (PDF)

  • Phase Two  of this project begins on September 11.  On September 11, the contractor will begin with the removal of the front canopy and building sign.
  • Demolition of the remainder of the building is scheduled for October 5-7. 
  • While the front canopy is removed, there will be minimal disruption to pedestrian and vehicle traffic or nearby businesses. During the building demolition October 5-7 there will be sidewalk closures and traffic accommodations.

Previous News Releases and Information Handouts

Project Timeline

September 10 Project Timeline

  • Phase One is now completed. This work involved the removal of hazardous material to prepare the building for demolition. All required public safety and environmental regulations are being strictly followed. 
  • Phase Two begins on September 11. This phase will see the contractor begin the careful demolition of the building. On September 11, the contractor will begin with the removal of the front canopy and building sign.
  • Demolition of the remainder of the building is scheduled for October 5-7.
  • Demolition will be followed by site clean-up. Professionals will conduct ongoing monitoring and testing of methane readings to ensure the safety of workers, the public and nearby businesses.
  • Phase Three entails the installation of an Enhanced Soil Gas Management System to replace the existing system on the property. The OWA will carry out these activities in accordance with Alberta Energy Regulator requirements and plans are in place to ensure public safety.
  • Traffic and pedestrian flow along South Railway Street will be minimally impacted for a small portion of this period.

Traffic, parking and pedestrian flow along South Railway Street will be minimally impacted. Plans will be communicated in a timely manner to minimize the impact of demolition on downtown business owners, downtown visitors and commuters, through advisories posted to the City website and social media channels.

Work Zone Information 

While the front canopy is removed, there will be minimal disruption to pedestrian and vehicle traffic or nearby businesses. During the building demolition October 5-7 there will be sidewalk closures and traffic accommodations. 

For more information:
Corporate Asset Management
403.502.8019