204 Beech Avenue, now

Thursday, 24 June 2010

I am shocked, stunned and of course saddened by the events of the last days. It is taking some time for me to process it. The following is a letter written to Sandra Bussin's office and Cc'd to me by another Beach resident and acquaintance of ours. Given that I've been at a loss for words, I asked for and received his permission to quote. It pretty much reflects my feelings....albeit in a very polite way.

"I think it is abhorrent that our planning process leads to/permits that the destruction of the very features on this building that are prized, will allow Mr. Teehan to destroy one more irreplaceable piece of the Beach's heritage.
I hope he comes to realize that he is helping to destroy part of the character he finds attractive about the area he has chosen to live in.
Frankly, given his tactics from the beginning, he deserves any animosity he and his family will receive for the lack of respect they have shown their neighbours and their neighbourhood."
Rob Eley
Beach Resident

Yes. Abhorrent. And Teehan has the resource$ he needed to expedite his plans.
Another quote.......
"....surprised and alarmed that the kind of tactics one used to think were limited to profit-oriented developers are now being used by home owners against the consensus in their communities..."

Well, it is what one would expect from someone who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.

What's happening is quite simply wrong, on many counts.
I can only hope that it will be (another?) wake up call...and that it will help to change the system/process in such a way as to prevent something like this from happening again.

I would like to personally acknowledge my appreciation of all those who believe in what is right, and who stood their ground.Many whose names I don't and will never know...many whose names I've come to know, and of course those people I do know.
It is good to know you're out there.

Another artist's rendition

Another artist's rendition
Hi folks,

Please read the following. I have highlighted the criteria we think apply.




1. (1) The criteria set out in subsection (2) are prescribed for the purposes of clause 29 (1) (a) of the Act. O. Reg. 9/06, s. 1 (1).

(2) A property may be designated under section 29 of the Act if it meets one or more of the following criteria for determining whether it is of cultural heritage value or interest:

1. The property has design value or physical value because it,

i. is a rare, unique, representative or early example of a style, type, expression, material or construction method,

ii. displays a high degree of craftsmanship or artistic merit, or

iii. demonstrates a high degree of technical or scientific achievement.

2. The property has historical value or associative value because it,

i. has direct associations with a theme, event, belief, person, activity, organization or institution that is significant to a community,

ii. yields, or has the potential to yield, information that contributes to an understanding of a community or culture, or

iii. demonstrates or reflects the work or ideas of an architect, artist, builder, designer or theorist who is significant to a community.

3. The property has contextual value because it,

i. is important in defining, maintaining or supporting the character of an area,

ii. is physically, functionally, visually or historically linked to its surroundings, or

iii. is a landmark. O. Reg. 9/06, s. 1 (2).