On September 11, 2017, the owner of the building on the old Kraft property at 520 William Street and known as the Certo building asked for permission to demolish it. This was in response to an “Order to Remedy” issued by Cobourg’s Chief Building Official because of the poor state of the building. The request came before Council and because of its Heritage value, it was referred to the Cobourg Heritage Advisory Committee. They reviewed the request but felt that the building could perhaps be preserved so recommended two actions: 1. That the building be “designated” as a Heritage property and 2. That a Rehabilitation Plan be prepared. This would give an accurate assessment of the feasibility and cost of restoration. Although the preparation of a Rehabilitation Plan is legally required, it is not clear if the Town has any authority to enforce its implementation. That is, the question of who pays is still unanswered. Their recommendation is coming to Council at its Committee of the Whole meeting on October 23.
Heritage Planner Alison Torrie Lapaire said:
In my opinion, the subject property meets numerous criteria for designation under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act, and as prescribed by O.Reg. 9/06. The site is culturally significant because of its design and physical value, historical and associative value, and contextual value. The subject property is an example of a well-designed early 20th century industrial building complex with associated buildings that is a local landmark. It is one of the few historical industrial complexes remaining in Cobourg and is important in defining and maintaining the historical and aesthetic character of the area. Building “C”, the subject of the owner’s request to demolish a building/structure on a listed property, is representative of a Greek Revival style administrative building from the early 20th century.
Photos of the current state of the building are below.
Certo Building – as of September 2017
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- ACO Looking at moving Certo Building – 2 October 2017
Update – 23 November, 2017
Dominik Wisniewski of Northumberland News reports that the new owner of the building has withdrawn the request for a demolition permit and says: “I would like to save the place, regenerate it”.