The Hamilton City Heritage Committee will vote this week on heritage designations and non-designated register status for nearly all structures in the historic heart of Waterdown Village.
This follows the direction of Council proposed by Ward 15 Councilor Judi Partridge, who wants all buildings in Waterdown Village to benefit from heritage protection to better retain the existing built form of the European settlement area of origin that developed around Grindstone Creek.
208 properties are recommended for registered heritage status without designation, and seven properties are recommended for full heritage designation status.
The Undesignated Property Registry delays the issuance of any demolition permit applications for sixty days and invites a heritage review for any renovations or major alterations to registered properties.
Additionally, City of Hamilton heritage planning staff recommend applying full heritage designations to seven properties in the Village of Waterdown and beginning the process under the Ontario Heritage Act by issuing Notices of Intent to Designate.
The City has issued non-designation registry notices to 209 landowners in the Village of Waterdown.
Five owners (296 Dundas Street East, 362 Dundas Street East, 30 Elgin Street, 19 Flamboro Street and 280 Mill Street South) object to being added to the list of undesignated properties.
City staff say they have reviewed the objections.
Heritage planning staff recommend that all but 19 Flamboro be further added to the list, stating that 19 Flamboro “has been found not to retain sufficient physical heritage value to remain on the register”. 19 Flamboro is a car service center, Jays Auto Services, which plans to redevelop the site in the future.
“This building appears to have been constructed by Carson Construction circa 1930,” the staff report read. Carson Construction “was responsible for building highways in northern Ontario and building runways at Mount Hope and Toronto airports for the federal government in the 1940s and 1950s,” according to staff reports.
Staff write that one of the owners “didn’t feel his house had any heritage value or significance. However, they indicate that they purchased this property because they loved the character of the house and the historic neighborhood in which it is located.
Most of the objections related to property value, insurance costs and renovation permit issues.
Designate seven properties
Heritage planning staff recommend that the following buildings be designated under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act: 289 Dundas Street East (Smith-Carson House), 292 Dundas Street East (Maple Lawn), 298 Dundas Street East (Former New Connection Church), 299 Dundas Street East (Crooker House), 1 Main Street North (Royal Coachman/Former Kirk Hotel), 134 Main Street South, (Former Wesleyan Methodist Parsonage) and 8 Margaret Street (Reid House).
The staff say “At the time of writing this report, the staff has not received any official correspondence from the owners expressing their opposition.”
Other properties in Waterdown Village will be designated at later dates.
340 Dundas Street East (Eager House) will be designated “at a later date after bridge issues have been resolved”.
299 Dundas Street East (Crooker House) will be designated at a later date “to allow the owner time to complete the changes approved” by heritage planning staff.
The studies of two properties were not finished. 341 Main Street North (Rymal/Buchan House), due to “resource constraints” and 201 Main Street South (JK Griffin House) due to “access issues”.
Heritage Planning staff say they are negotiating with City Public Works staff regarding the designation of City-owned properties at 9 Margaret Street (Waterdown Union Cemetery), 115 Main Street South (Sealey Park) and 200 Hamilton Street North (Waterdown Memorial Park).
The Heritage Committee meeting is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on Friday, February 25.
It will be broadcast on the City of Hamilton YouTube page.