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Guelph Today: Protecting 13 Stuart Street
| June 23, 2017

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Guelph City Council voted to fast track efforts to protect a 126-year-old city mansion Tuesday night.

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From Issue No. 259 | July 11, 2017

Guelph City Council voted to fast track efforts to protect a 126-year-old city mansion Tuesday night.

Amidst fears that the house was on the verge of being demolished, council voted 10-1 to pass a notice of intention to designate 13 Stuart St. as a heritage property.

The stately home, located in the St. George’s Park neighbourhood just east of downtown, was once the home of the Cutten family.

Its current owners, John and Pamela Rennie, were not in attendance at Tuesday’s council meeting, but their lawyer Eric Davis was.

Davis was seeking a delay in council’s decision.

“My clients haven’t had adequate time to consider this matter” and their options, Davis told council.

He said the speed at which the matter got before council has “taken them aback.”

Even council’s heritage champion, Coun. Leanne Piper, agreed that it is “usually a much longer process.”

But Piper said what brought the matter to council so quickly was a “concern in the community and amongst staff that demolition has already started to occur.”

Interior demolition has apparently already taken place, a staff report to council said.

“It’s been completely gutted,” Piper said.

“This is really a no brainer. The time for comment from the property owner is over.”

 

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