The City of Ottawa’s Built Heritage Subcommittee was supposed to decide today on Richcraft’s proposal to dismantle and move the Bradley-Craig barn at 590 Huntmar, but they deferred the decision until the next meeting on December 10.
FOTENN, the consultants who represent Richcraft on the file, made the request for deferral. They agreed to extend the 90-day period in which the city has to respond to the demolition request.
At the same meeting, the committee passed a motion to designate Boyd House at 173 Huntmar as a heritage building. In 2013, the heritage committee held off on full designation when the owner agreed to work with city staff to incorporate it into the new development.
Barry Padolski, a committee member and prominent local architect, said that the planned subdivision will benefit from the “iconic” presence of the old stone house, and said that this was a positive outcome for planning and development, and that it would “benefit the discussion on the Bradley-Craig barn at the next meeting.”
The developer will also preserve some of the trees along the north side of the property, and a long laneway will mimic the traditional driveway that runs from Huntmar Road into the farm.
Miguel Tremblay, a planning consultant with FOTENN, was at the meeting to represent both Richcraft on the Bradley-Craig file, and Amazon Properties who own Boyd House.
Tremblay said his client was very much in favour of heritage designation for Boyd House, but the fact that it wasn’t originally designated in 2013 gave the developer more flexibility in designing their plans.
“We asked for flexbility [for Boyd House],” said Tremblay. “It’s the same thing we’re asking at 590 Hazeldean to work through some issues.”
The Boyd House designation still has to be approved by the city’s Planning Committee and City Council.
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