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The 175-year-old Farmer’s Rest Hotel at 207 King St. W. awaits site plan approval in 2022 for renovations planned for more than 15 years — the last two years and four months by its current owner. based in Ancaster.
  • The rear of the 175-year-old Farmer's Rest Hotel at 207 King St. W. awaits site plan approval in 2022 for renovations planned for more than 15 years - the past two years and four month by her current Ancaster-based owner.

Owners of the long-vacant Farmer’s Rest Hotel at 207 King Street West hope the City of Hamilton will approve a nearly two-year-old site plan application this year that is still under review by the municipality.

The proposal for a commercial unit on the ground floor and a residential unit on each of the other two floors of the 175-year-old heritage building was submitted in March 2020. Six different owners attempted to renovate the building over the last 16 years.

Daniel Cheatley, a consultant to the property’s current owner, said the group was awaiting site plan approval.

“We expect the project to move forward in 2022,” Cheatley said. “We may provide more updates once our sitemap is approved.”

A numbered company, including directors Erwin Gerl and Zachary Agnew of Ancaster, bought 207 King in September 2019 for $950,000.

A conditional heritage permit was issued in November 2020 for: the repointing of all masonry; installation of wood panels under large commercial windows; and the installation of new downspouts for stormwater management.

The structure was built in 1847 by Jesse Cooper as the Farmer’s Rest Hotel. It operated as a hotel, known as Cain’s Hotel after it was purchased by Patrick Cain in 1893, until 1910 when the building served as a hospital and later as an apartment building. It was designated under the Ontario Heritage Act in 1981.