Unstable antenna atop Trump Tower closes streets downtown
WATCH ABOVE: The unstable antenna mast on the roof of the Trump Tower has closed numerous streets downtown. A spokeswoman for the city says the roads will remain closed until the owner provides a report from a professional engineer that concludes there is no risk to the public. Lama Nicolas has the story.
TORONTO — Numerous streets in downtown Toronto are closed to traffic and pedestrians due to an unstable antenna mast on the roof of the Trump Tower, according to police.
Bay Street between Richmond and King Streets, and Adelaide Street West from Yonge Street to just west of Bay Street, have been closed.
A spokeswoman for the city said the closures were made due to the “potentially unsafe conditions” involving the antenna at the Trump Tower at 325 Bay St.
Police said staff at the tower reported the antenna swaying and further inspection by building and city engineers prompted the road closure.
Trump International Hotel & Tower, which opened in 2012, is located at the corner of Bay Street and Adelaide Street West.
Toronto Mayor John Tory said in a statement that safety of the public is his main concern, adding that the city has directed the owners of Trump Tower to ensure the building does not pose a risk to the public and is awaiting confirmation.
“The Mayor is very concerned about the impact on traffic in the downtown core and surrounding area. Every effort is being made to reopen affected roads as soon as it is safe,” Tory said.
“The Mayor has asked for an investigation into this matter and is determined that responsible parties are held accountable.”
Rosalynd Rupert, a spokeswoman for the city, said the roads will remain closed until the owner of the building provides a report from a professional engineer that concludes there is no risk to the public.
She said the city will keep the roads closed for safety reasons until that response is received, adding that a response is not expected to until tomorrow.
The developer for the Trump Tower, Talon International Development, released a statement late Monday that said claims the antenna were unsafe are unwarranted.
“This morning, during routine preventative maintenance on the roof top, Trump Hotel management was apprised by the crew that a portion of the spire may need further inspection,” said Neil Labatte, President and CEO of Talon, adding that hotel staff alerted police who shut down the intersection as a precaution.
“Talon’s technical specialist was quickly dispatched to the area, and found that the concerns were unsubstantiated. Talon is continuing its due diligence and is now awaiting a final report from its technical team. As soon as Talon has the final report, the police department will be notified.”
Police said Monday that road closures will be in effect until at least noon on Tuesday.
WATCH: Pedestrians look up, way up, to catch a glimpse of the antenna.
This isn’t the first time the Trump Tower has had infrastructure problems.