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September 23, 2013


First attempt to sell for $1; relocated at purchaser's expense.

Bulldoze it. It's no different than dozens of similar farmhouses in the surrounding area so it's not special or worthy of saving. When we get down to the last 2 or 3 examples of that house style in the region then we can talk about preservation.

I have no opinion one way or the other, but your post makes no sense, Steve. If any are worthy of preserving, why not save this one now and demolish the others that come up later? That way, one does actually get preserved.

My point is that we don't need to preserve this one as some kind of museum piece because if you want to see a fine example of this wonderful house style you need only travel a few miles out of town in any direction.
Kind of like why we don't have squirrels and Canada geese in zoo exhibits.

Steve: Your post made sense except to people like D.C. (Oh what I could do to elaborate on those initials)
I doubt if D.C. has gone to Symonds Street and had a good look at the "heritage" building. It is in real tough shape and it should not cost more than %20,000 to knock it down and haul it away.
Besides who would want a property that invades a public park? It would be a target for graffiti, vandalism, etc.
The City could not possibly ensure that a potential owner would enjoy "quiet enjoyment and ownership". And all this for a $200,000 purchase price and a heritage restoration of about $500,000! NO SALE!!

Maybe Steve can go out into the rural area around Guelph & knock on a stranger's door & ask for a free tour of that stranger's home! Having the opportunity to establish such a venue within the city that can be serviced by local public transit, thus allowing for the probability of increased usage if presented properly, is a BONUS. Focusing on some of the local heritage would allow for development of an Agricultural Museum. Yes it will cost a few bucks, but if you wait until there only a few left the cost will undoubtedly be more & the location will probably suck!

Let's spend the money on the Petrie building which can't get cent one in funding. More significant and one of the last remaining turn of the century buildings in Guelph. There are still many farmhouses of significance but the Petrie building stands out as it is the last of its kind in the heart of the city.

Please elaborate on the initials, Oracle. I look forward to your insight and wit.

Again, I have no opinion one way or the other, my point was simple as well ... if as Steve originally suggested, there is no difference between this building and others nearby, and if saving any of them is worth consideration, then why not save this one now and not presume that the last one standing years from now will necessarily be saved.

That things have since been clarified that this home is, in fact, different (ie., of lesser quality) is what was missing from Steve's initial post, Oracle. But my point is still relevant in the decision process when anything is being saved ... don't wait till the last one standing to save one.

Well, for what it's worth, I wouldn't even save the last one...it's only a house, after all, and I could list hundreds of things more worthy of the money it would cost.
I offered that option as a compromise for those who do want to save it.

Don't spend it on anything, give it back.

Coun. Bob Bell — act now, demolish

Coun. Lise Burcher — preserve

Coun. Todd Dennis — preserve

Mayor Karen Farbridge — act now, demolish

Coun. Ian Findlay — further consultation

Coun. Jim Furfaro — act now, demolish

Coun. Cam Guthrie — act now, demolish

Coun. June Hofland — further consultation

Coun. Gloria Kovach — act now, demolish

Coun. Maggie Laidlaw — preserve

Coun. Leanne Piper — preserve

Coun. Andy Van Hellemond — act now, demolish

Coun. Karl Wettstein — act now, sell?

Stymied council was in the cards with only 12 present.

Death by spam?

Looks like it. Chris should auto-delete any message with a url attached to the user name.

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