On Friday July 15, there were two fires in Cobourg in houses up for sale (see reports by Today’s Northumberland in Resources below). One was at 93 Albert whose owners were recently before Council asking for permission to demolish. Staff had recommended demolition but some councillors (led by Emily Chorley and Nicole Beatty) felt that the building should be preserved for its heritage value and that it was simply a matter that it was not economic. The building had been abandoned since 2000 so it was described as being demolished by neglect – but Emily and Nicole were determined that the owners would not get away with this (even though the current owners only recently acquired the property). Mayor John Henderson and Deputy Mayor Suzanne Séguin supported Emily and Nicole and a demolition permit was denied. The owners then promptly listed the building for sale at $499,000.
Given this background, Friday’s fire looks suspicious and was being investigated by Cobourg Police and the Fire Marshal and the building was fenced off. All that was left was the front brick wall and that started to lean. So on Saturday, Blake Construction Services were called in to demolish the building and cart off the remains. Police and the Town closed that section of Albert Street while this was done.
To state the obvious, the owners no longer need a demolition permit so I’d guess they’ll take the Real Estate listing off the market.
See the articles in the resources below for more background.
Earlier Posts on 93 Albert
News reports by Today’s Northumberland
- Three Suspicious Fires Overnight in Cobourg and Hamilton Township
- Northumberland OPP and Cobourg Police and OFM investigating three suspicious overnight fires
- Real Estate Listing – while it lasts.
- Google maps page – to see the Street before the fire.