City council voted tonight to add approximately 1,900 properties to the Municipal Register of Cultural Heritage Properties.
Council was told adding the addresses -- which comprise something called the Burcher-Stokes inventory of heritage structures -- would do nothing more than allow city staff more time to respond to demolition permit requests affecting said properties.
Tell that to Blair Cleveland, who bought an Alice Street property five years ago oblivious to the fact it was on said list. When Cleveland applied to knock down a small ancilliary building on the property, he discovered his property had been identified as one with cultural heritage value.
As we reported earlier, the building once housed a shoe repair shop, and was considered a great reminder of the Italian community in St. Patrick's Ward in the early 20th Century.
City staff applied to have the property designated under the Heritage Act, which would forever bar Cleveland from razing the small building. Last December the Conservation Review Board agreed the property should be designated, though it has not come before councillors for their final stamp.
With 1,900 more properties getting a closer look from heritage officials, it will be interesting to see if this situation plays out again.
To see the complete list of newly-registered properties click here and jump to page nine.