Monday night city hall determined that a house at 235 Kingsford Road must come down. They say that the structure has been an eyesore and safety hazard for 30 years. The older gentleman that owns the house has apparently tried to fix the house and clean up the property but it has taken more time than city hall is satisfied with.
On the agenda they had pictures of the house and property from April 28th. I went over there and took some updated photos and the property has improved since that date. They intend on spending $54,000 to clear the property and demolish the house. Wouldn’t it make more sense to spend less money to clean the yard and leave the structure whole so that this “older” gentleman has a place to live. Whatever happened to help thy brother?
Do you think that he is in arrears of taxes or that city hall is afraid that he is going to fall in arrears and that made the decision easier.
I didn’t take photos of the back yard because apparently no one was home but judging from the photos that they took, they certainly took them from an angle that would make people think, “oh my God, tear it down.”
The house itself looks in good condition with seemingly new siding. He has planted a shrub and flowers in the front yard and it also looks like he has put a new power source leading into the house.
What would it take for City Hall to send a crew out to his place to clean it up instead of tearing it down, definitely less than $54,000? What would it take for the complaining neighbours and their councillor to also go and help this gentleman out?
What does it take to help one’s brother, especially one as old as he is.