BIA chair recordsdata grievance about derelict Mount Forest constructing

KENILWORTH – The chair of the Mount Forest Enterprise Enchancment Affiliation (BIA) has taken the affiliation’s grievances in regards to the previous tea room constructing, at 178 Predominant Road, to the township.

Chair Andrew Coburn wrote to the township with a property requirements grievance in regards to the “very poor aesthetic” of the constructing, which sits east of the TD Financial institution downtown.

Coburn’s letter states demolition of the constructing has been ongoing for the previous three years, and describes it as a “legal responsibility.”

“We’re submitting the grievance in hopes that correct steps are taken with landowners to rectify its present state,” Coburn wrote partially.

In line with property data, Caledon-based A&M Investments owns the constructing.

The facade of 178 Predominant Road in Mount Forest, trying west, downtown. Photograph by Jordan Snobelen


Reached by cellphone on Sept. 1, proprietor Dan Propero instructed the Advertiser his firm has plans to demolish the constructing however can’t as a result of the entrance is related on to an adjoining constructing.

“You possibly can’t simply take that down as a result of the neighbouring constructing might be extensive open,” he remarked.

“So that may’t come down till every little thing else comes along with permits and whatnot with the township.”

Propero mentioned the corporate is coping with engineers and attempting to get permits from the township to proceed with work.

“We’re within the means of gathering up all the knowledge they want for permits,” he mentioned.

Propero was unable to talk to a timeline for when work can be accomplished, saying “every little thing will get finished when it will get finished, you may’t push individuals.”

“I imply we’ve been ready for sure elements of the drawings for the mechanicals and whatnot for months and months and months,” he mentioned, including “individuals must be affected person.”

Propero wished to demolish and rebuild the construction, however he’s unsure what the long run holds for the property.

“I’m nonetheless kind of transferring ahead, however … we now have to do budgets and see if it’s even price doing at this level,” he mentioned, including the method to rework the situation started 5 years in the past.

Crumbling partitions, graffiti and particles are seen on the rear of 178 Predominant Road in Mount Forest. Photograph by Jordan Snobelen


Councillor Sherry Burke introduced the grievance letter earlier than council at an Aug. 28 assembly, saying residents have been complaining in regards to the state of the property.

“All people understands that the property is to be developed, however additionally they consider that it can be cleaned up,” Burke mentioned.

“The weeds, the opposite day once I walked previous, are at the very least 4 toes excessive in some areas, so I feel that this must be handled.”

Mayor Andy Lennox recalled there have been structural points with an adjoining constructing when demolition started. He urged employees return with a report on what’s occurring.

Clerk Karren Wallace instructed council a report might be introduced again at a Sept. 11 assembly.

CAO Brooke Lambert confirmed in an e mail chief constructing official Darren Jones adopted up with the BIA when the letter was obtained, on Aug. 18.

Lambert said Jones submitted extra data “that elaborated on the situation of the grounds” to Guelph’s bylaw division, which Wellington North contracts for property requirements bylaw enforcement.

“I can affirm that the bylaw grievance assessment is already in progress, and hopefully we could have some additional data on subsequent steps as soon as the method is accomplished,” Lambert wrote.

The Metropolis of Guelph didn’t instantly reply to a request for extra data.

– With recordsdata from Nicole Beswitherick