The City of Thunder Bay Admin is now presenting itself as the saviour of our historical buildings. Saving the Lyceum building from the wrecking ball which they themselves were forcing the building owner to use. (see here and here)
So, atta boys/girls and high fives all around. Life is good.
I wonder just what would have been City of Thunder Bay’s response to a demolition request by the building owner five years ago? Two years ago? Last year? Last month? Next month? Next year?
Once the owner paid those delinquent taxes, what is there to stop the owner from tearing that building down?
If the building is cleaned up at taxpayers’ expense and sold to someone, what is there to stop that person from demolishing the Lyceum building? Its not listed as a heritage building. As far as I know, there is nothing to stop anyone from tearing that building down.
There is a procedure that gives the City of Thunder Bay 60 days to decide whether to declare the building a Heritage Building and save it from demolition. But the problem is the condition of the building. Is it still worth saving?
I covered this problem in a post back in 2011.
Nobody listens. Now the taxpayers are paying.