199 Queens Ave. image courtesy of excellent blog kept by Jennifer Grainger http://jennifergrainger.blogspot.ca/
JBNBlog thanks heritage leaders Genet Hodder & Jennifer Grainger for the following alert . . .
This is to remind you that the request for a permit to demolish the Italianate building at 199 Queens Avenue will come before the Planning and Environment Committee this evening. Please try to attend . The meeting is at 7:30 pm. Following is the Notice of Public Participation. I have also attached a letter I sent to the committee.
Here is Genet’s excellent letter on the subject:
Letter to the Planning and Environment Committee of London City Council
Meeting on September 24, 2012
Dear Committee Members,
I learned with deep regret of the request for a permit to demolish the substantial old building at 199 Queens Avenue and of the decision by the London Advisory Committee on Heritage to accept demolition.
Any other artifact dating from 1880 might be regarded as a treasure, to be admired and appreciated for its craftsmanship and historic resonance and in the case of an old building, restored and put to a useful purpose. This stately old house of Italianate design, just doors away from Richmond Street and nodding to its neighbor the London Club, built 12 years later, is one of the few 19th century buildings that remain along what was once a magnificent corridor of homes and public buildings.
It is listed on the city’s 2006 Inventory of Heritage Resources, and was presumably purchased with that knowledge. To purchase and trash a building that is apparently in good condition is environmentally wasteful and disrespectful of our heritage.
Barring a natural disaster such as the 2011 devastating tornado in Goderich or the equally devastating earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, a community’s built heritage is lost one building at a time and always, in the eyes of a developer, for an excellent reason. The reason here would seem to be a parking building.
I believe I speak for most members of ACO London in encouraging this committee to deny the request for demolition.
President, ACO London Region
September 7, 2012
NOTICE OF PUBLIC PARTICIPATION MEETING
Re: 199 Queens Avenue
Farhi Holdings, the owner of the building at 199 Queens Avenue, has made an application to demolish the building.
In accordance with Council Policy, where a building that is listed on the Register of Heritage Resources is proposed to be demolished, the matter of the demolition shall be considered at a public participation meeting before the Planning and Environment Committee of Council.
The residential building at 199 Queens Avenue has been listed as a Priority 2 property on the 2006 City of London Inventory of Heritage Resources and is located within the Council approved Downtown Heritage Conservation District.
As a nearby property owner, you are now advised that the Planning and Environment Committee will consider the request to demolish this structure at its meeting on Monday, September 24, 2012, on the second floor, City Hall, 300 Dufferin Avenue (northeast corner of Wellington and Dufferin) not before 7:30 p.m.
A staff report with respect to this request for demolition will be available one week prior to the meeting date from the Planning Office at 206 Dundas Street.
You may wish to attend and speak to this matter or a neighbourhood or community association may exist in your area. If it does and it reflects your views on this matter, you may wish to have a representative of the association speak on your behalf at the meeting. Individual comments may be submitted for the agenda through the Committee Secretary (HLysynsk@london.ca). Your ward Councillor is J. Bryant (JBryant@london.ca).
The Planning and Environment Committee will recommend to Council either to permit the demolition of the building, to permit the demolition of the building with conditions, or to refuse the demolition. A recommendation to refuse the request for demolition may be accompanied by a recommendation to designate the property under the provisions of Section 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act. If approval is given by Council for demolition, then the applicant may demolish the building in accordance with the applicable municipal or provincial regulations.
City of London