Comment 56349

By Robert D (anonymous) | Posted January 14, 2011 at 13:46:12

I think our old dominion public building (now the John Sopinka Courthouse) stands as an excellent example of how you can keep a structurally intact older building,ad integrate and expand it with a more modern facility. Nevermind the Toronto buildings that have done similar things.

Truth is he doesn't want to do so, and I suppose that's his choice as propertyowner, but after his track record of tearing down buildings and not rebuilding anything, I think the city should think this over carefully. They can't grant him a demolition permit unless he has a plan to bring up a new building, and if I were the city I would want more than just his word this time around.

He developed the property on market street into a "hotel" with city funds, and then after a year or so of operation it became a retirement home (I believe), which the city would never have given money to build.

Doesn't he also own the Hess-King Apartment complex which is open to the rain/snow, crumbling, and has forced the closure of the sidewalk on one side of King?

I thought we had a by-law that forced owners to secure properties from the elements so they wouldn't decay to the point they have to be demolished? Is that not being enforced here?

This whole thing stinks, as many posters here have noted.

Fool me once...shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me.

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