Comment 84594

By kevlahan (registered) | Posted December 31, 2012 at 16:41:26

sent to minister Chan and Andrea Horwath

Dear Minister Chan,

I am writing to urge you to act immediately to prevent the imminent destruction of several irreplaceable Victorian buildings fronting Hamilton's central public square: Gore Park.

As the owner of a designated heritage building myself, I appreciate and have invested my own hard-earned money in restoring and preserving Ontario's built heritage.

I am appalled that a private owner is considering demolishing this block of buildings, 18-28 King St E, which includes an important pre-confederation 1840s stone building by noted architect William Thomas.

The 'developers' have no clear plan to actually develop the site in the foreseeable future, and are demolishing simply to avoid official heritage designation of these buildings since they have been declared 'of special interest' by LACAC.

What is most distressing is that the owner applied for the demolition permit just before the Holiday break, ensuring that it would be very difficult for Council to meet to delay the demolition or to designate the buildings as recommended by LACAC.

That is why I am writing to you to urge you to use your powers as Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport to delay the demolition until a solution can be found to preserve both the buildings and urban fabric of Gore Park.

Please act quickly as these buildings can never be replaced once they are gone. Yours sincerely,

Professor Nicholas Kevlahan 166 Charlton Av W Hamilton ON

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