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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Future of Goderich Buildings

Goderich | by Rick Stow  

Council makes tough decisions to remove buildings after tornado damage.

Goderich Town Council has dealt with some heart-wrenching decisions regarding buildings damaged by the August 21st tornado.

Heritage Chair Councillor Kevin Morrison tells us Victoria Street United Church is coming down.

Five other buildings were removed from the Town's Heritage registry, allowing demolition to proceed.

Properties at 120 and 122 Courthouse Square occupied by Baileys Restaurant and ABC Investments will salvage what can be saved in their reconstruction processes, as will the Learning Centre located at 38 East Street.

The Wing Hong Restaurant at 116 Courthouse Square is to be torn down.

15 buildings owned by the Town of Goderich received tornado damage -- 12 are deemed repairable.

The Town will sell off the former Goderich Hydro garage at 64 West Street.

Morrison says stabilizing a damaged facade can cost upwards of five hundred thousand dollars-- and that the money isn't forthcoming from a property's insurance claim.

Members heard a presentation from former councillor Heather Lyons, who says enabling by-laws for Heritage restoration are already on the books.

Despite Lyons' assertion, councillors approved a motion establishing the "Goderich Architectural Restoration Fund" as a vehicle for those looking to donate specifically to the refurbishment of tornado-damaged buildings.


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