Schindler Company of Canada Ltd. building city rushes to save. 

CBC story on the problem, 

Some of the article, 

historic Mimico building was partially demolished Wednesday, despite a decision made that afternoon by the Toronto Preservation Board to recommend it be preserved under the Ontario Heritage Act.
Stollerys demolition raises questions about city heritage rules

The former factory, built in 1917, is owned by Freed Development, and signs at the site indicate plans to build five residential apartment buildings.
1 Audley street

For most of its life, 1 Audley Street was a factory that produced sporting goods. (City of Toronto)
The building, located at 1 Audley Street near Royal York Road and Newcastle Street in south Etobicoke, had been on the city’s radar as a historic property for at least a year, when Mimico historian Michael Harrison recommended it be earmarked for preservation.
“It’s one of the earliest industrial buildings in Mimico that still exists,” Harrison told CBC News. But he said historical value often doesn’t stop buildings getting demolished.
“If they’re not designated under the Ontario Heritage Act, they’re not safe,” he explained. 
Not long after it was first built, the factory produced engine parts
But for much of its existence, the building was owned by the Schindler Company, which produced sporting good such as fishing line.   
Chris Moore, president of the Mimico Residents Association, agrees with Harrison that the building should have been preserved.
“Every time I walk through there I’ve always enjoyed walking by that building. It just has a certain character that not much else has in the area,” Moore said.
Building was weeks away from heritage status
The building at 1 Audley Street did go before the Preservation Board, but it still had to be approved by Etobicoke community council and Toronto city council before it could be designated an official heritage building.
“In cases where there is a potential imminent demolition it can become a race against time,” said Mary MacDonald, senior manager in heritage preservation services for city planning.
In a statement to CBC News, Freed Development said it had received all the necessary permits for demolition.
“These activities were pursued with the full and complete permission of the City and in keeping with the permits that were granted,” it read.

Link to full story 

photo credit CBC

City actions currently in place.

PB17.14 ACTION 
Adopted 
 
Ward:6 
Intention to Designate under Part IV, Section 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act – 1x Audley Street

Board Decision
The Toronto Preservation Board recommends to the Etobicoke York Community Council that:

 

1. City Council include the property at 1x Audley Street on the City of Toronto’s Heritage Register.

 

2. City Council state its intention to designate the property at 1x Audley Street (The Schindler Company of Canada Ltd. building) under Part IV, Section 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act in accordance with the Statement of Significance (Reasons for Designation): 1x Audley Street attached as Attachment 3 to the report (September 27, 2016) from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning Division.

 

3. If there are no objections to the designation in accordance with Section 29(6) of the Ontario Heritage Act, City Council authorize the City Solicitor to introduce the bill in Council designating the property under Part IV, Section 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act.

 

4. If there are objections in accordance with Section 29(7) of the Ontario Heritage Act, City Council direct the City Clerk to refer the designation to the Conservation Review Board.

 

5. If the designation is referred to the Conservation Review Board, City Council authorize the City Solicitor and appropriate staff to attend any hearing held by the Conservation Review Board in support of Council’s decision on the designation of the property.

Origin

(September 27, 2016) Report from Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning Division

Summary

This report recommends that City Council state its intention to designate the property at 1x Audley Street (The Schindler Company of Canada Ltd. building) under Part IV, Section 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act and include the property on the City of Toronto’s Heritage Register. 

 

Located on the north-west corner of Audley Street and Newcastle Street, in the Mimico neighbourhood, this property contains a one-storey brick-clad industrial building completed in 1923 and known as The Schindler Company of Canada Ltd.

 

Following research and evaluation, it has been determined that the property at 1x Audley Street meets Ontario Regulation 9/06, the criteria prescribed for municipal designation under Part IV, Section 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act, for its design, associative and contextual value. 

 

The inclusion of the property at 1x Audley Street on the City’s Heritage Register and its designation under Part IV, Section 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act would identify the property’s cultural heritage values and heritage attributes. 

 

Properties on the Heritage Register will be conserved and maintained in accordance with the Official Plan Heritage Policies. Designation enables City Council to review alterations to the site, enforce heritage property standards and maintenance, and refuse demolition

Background Information

(September 27, 2016) Report and Attachments 1-3 from the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning Division – Intention to Designate under Part IV, Section 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act – 1x Audley Street 

(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/pb/bgrd/backgroundfile-96896.pdf)

Attachment 4 – Intention to Designate under Part IV, Section 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act – 1x Audley Street 

(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/pb/bgrd/backgroundfile-96897.pdf)

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