The battle over a downtown property owner’s apparent plan to demolish the 1930’s home and build a parking lot across the street from St. Joseph’s Hospital has come to a head at City Hall.
Victor Veri was ejected from council chambers after city politicians moved to slap a heritage designation on the home at 1 St. James Place.
Veri disrupted the meeting, shouting “natural justice” is not being served.
The heritage designation has since been ratified during an emergency meeting of the heritage committee on Thursday morning where Veri was given delegation status. He spoke briefly, stating “whatever you’re doing, you’re not doing it correctly”.
A stop work order was recently issued for the home, following the issuing of a demolition permit.
Ancaster’s Lloyd Ferguson notes that they are moving quickly after neighbours noticed that trees and vegetation were starting to disappear from the property. He stresses that the owner is “flippin’ the bird at the community and flippin’ the bird at the city”.
Ward 1 Councillor Jason Farr adds that not only is the home significant — the property is single family residential and not zoned for a parking lot of any kind.