A compromise has been reached in regards to a stretch of buildings that overlook Gore Park.
The city's planning committee has accepted a motion tabled by Councillor Jason Farr, that will allow a developer to tear down the buildings from 24 to 28 King Street East in return for restoring the neighbouring and culturally significant Thomas Buildings.
The plan is to create housing and ground floor retail within the original facade of 18-to-22 King Street East as part of the revitalization of the Gore.
Farr believes many people will be "quite happy" with the result.
Councillor Brian McHattie adds that a number of heritage folks would have liked to have seen all of the building's protected, but given a number of factors including the state of 24 and 28 King East, it's a compromise he can support.
The agreement, which follows weeks of negotiation between the developer and the city, still requires final approval at the next meeting of City Council.