The City of Medicine Hat and the Orphan Well Association (OWA) are working together to carry out preparations and demolish the building known as the Hitch’n Post Saloon 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.
- July 23, 2018 News Release - Preparations Underway for Demolition or 210 South Railway Street
- Information Handout (PDF)
- Orphan Well Association Backgrounder - 'American Hotel Well No. 1' (PDF)
Provided courtesy of the OWA
- Phase One begins on July 23, 2018. This work involves the removal of hazardous material to prepare the building for demolition. All required public safety and environmental regulations will be strictly followed.
- Phase Two will see the contractor begin the careful demolition of the building. Once the date of the demolition is known, we will share it in an update. 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 Map
For more information:
Corporate Asset Management