About a dozen speakers voiced their opposition to the demolition of the Bradley-Craig Barn at a marathon 6.5-hour long Planning Committee meeting January 26th, but the committee and City Council agreed anyway to the demolition of the Bradley-Craig barn. However, the motion allowing the demolition, put forward by Councillor Qadri, has raised some significant questions that have been put to the city for clarification. For example, one of the demolition conditions is that the barn must be dismantled and rebuilt within two years: what happens if that deadline isn’t met?
Also, the original heritage designation on the Bradley-Craig farmstead applied to the house, the barn, and the farmyard, as noted in the Statement of Cultural Heritage Value. In the committee recommendation passed by council, there are provisions for the barn to be demolished and removed from Statement of Cultural Heritage Value and Heritage Attributes, and for the Bradley-Craig farmhouse to remain as a designated property, but there is no mention of the farmyard or how the designation applied to the farmyard is affected by Council’s decision. We have asked the city to clarify the status of the farmyard and what that status means in terms of future development.
Councillor Qadri’s lengthy planning committee motion is printed below:
|Motion To: WHEREAS in 2006 Richcraft Homes purchased the site that encompasses the Bradley Craig Barn when there was no Heritage Designation on the barn or house;
AND WHEREAS The Fernbank Community Design Plan approved by City Council in 2009 designated the lands fronting onto Hazeldean Road as Mixed Use and identified the Bradley Craig Barn for retention or relocation within the community;
AND WHEREAS The farmstead consisting of the barn, a Gothic Revival style brick farmhouse and associated yard was designated under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act by City Council in 2010 for its cultural heritage value;
AND WHEREAS The City turned down the offer from Richcraft to relocate the barn to the future district park in the community given the large costs associated to undertake incorporating the barn into a recreation complex and the annual operating costs;
AND WHEREAS Retrofitting the barn for adaptive re-use is a large financial undertaking which Richcraft has identified as not feasible nor reasonable for their businesses model;
AND WHEREAS If the barn is not relocated it will remain vacant in the current condition for the foreseeable future as Richcraft has no intention to undertake any work at the barn other than the minimum as mandated by the Property Standards Bylaw to maintain; AND WHEREAS There is no legal mechanism available to require the developer to find an alternative use and repurpose the barn;
AND WHEREAS The Fernbank CDP, the Official Plan and the Provincial Policy Statement set clear guidelines for development in the urban area, which includes understanding that land within the urban boundary will be developed;
AND WHEREAS The future development of the site will diminish the ‘landmark’ significance of the barn as the completed commercial development of the site will greatly reduce the sightlines and provide a very limited view of the barn from Hazeldean Road;
AND WHEREAS Instead of applying for a complete demolition of the barn, Richcraft has made arrangements to find a suitable new location for the barn, and have sought a partner who is willing to restore the barn to reflect its original state;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Planning Committee recommend Council approve the application to demolish the barn under the Ontario Heritage Act;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Planning Committee recommend Council issue the heritage permit conditional upon the following: 1. The barn must be relocated/rebuilt within 2 years to Saunders Farm in Munster. 2. The property owner must submit a detailed plan for the recording, dismantling, storage and reconstruction of the barn to the Planning and Growth Management Department for review and approval prior to the demolition and removal of the building. 3. The Bradley-Craig farmhouse will remain as a designated property and there are to be no alterations or changes to the status of the house on the property. 4. That staff be directed to work with the applicant through the site plan control process to develop an interpretation strategy to commemorate the site’s history.
THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that once the barn has been demolished and removed, staff be directed to prepare an amendment to by-law 2010-247 to remove the barn from the Statement of Cultural Heritage Value and Heritage Attributes.