On the property of FV Pharma, a subsidiary of FSD Pharma which owns the Cannabis plant at the old Kraft property, there is a derelict building once used to do research on the pectin product branded Certo. In 2017 it was in really bad shape with an engineering estimate of approx. $500K to restore it so the company asked for a demolition permit. But after a public outcry (see links below) the permit was denied and the company said they would restore the building and convert it to an on-site dispensary with a completion date of 6-8 weeks or around January 2019. The announcement was made by Thomas Fairfull but since that time, he is no longer the CEO and the company has shifted focus from recreational cannabis to medical usages. So at the Council meeting tonight it was good to hear Councillor Aaron Burchat announcing that restoration is under way.
The reason for preservation and restoration is that there are few Industrial Heritage buildings remaining in Cobourg. Let’s face it, heritage is a nice word for old – in this case maybe 100 years old. And as the Town’s Heritage planner Alison Torrie Lapaire said at the time: “It’s representative of a Greek Revival style administrative building from the early 20th century”.
Councillor Burchat was acting planning coordinator in the absence of Nicole Beatty and said that the owner has retained an engineer and the first steps (in March) are to remove the roof and HVAC unit since it’s in danger of collapse. The roof will then be tarped for protection over the winter pending the submission of a full restoration plan to the Town. The Cobourg Heritage Advisory Committee has been apprised, the Planning department has been consulted and the work is being overseen by a structural engineer.
Below are some photos of the property as of 2017 and 2018.
- FSD Pharma FSD Pharma announces restoration of Certo building – 10 October 2018
- Certo Building demolition on Hold – 18 October 2017
- ACO looking at moving Certo Building – 2 October 2017