Comment 25547

By Sage (anonymous) | Posted June 16, 2008 at 11:11:35

I read the report prepared by the Trust and found the following:

The Lister met ONLY 2 of 8 criteria for provincial designation; and they weren't the strongest criteria.

Criterion 1: The property represents or is imporant in demonstrating a theme or pattern in Ontaion's history.

It was found that the building represents retail urbanization in the 1920's; as well as representing athe changing retail patterns in Ontario in the first quarter of the 20th Century.

Criterion 3: A property demonstrates an uncommon, rare, or unique aspect of Ontario's cultural heritage.

It wa found that the building represents the large multi-use, multi-tenant, commercial 'blocks' built from 1890-1930 in major Ontario urban centers and one becoming an increasingly uncommon aspect of Ontario's heritage.

What a crock! There is nothing about the architecture or materials, although noted in the report, that justify it as Provincially significant. Only its commercial 'urbanization' and its theme as a multi-use building.

This report is tantamount to wanting to preserve Ontario's first 'big-box' store because if shows the changing retail trends in teh 80's and 90's.

Thank you people for revealing this sham of a report for the flimsiness it contains.

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