Action Sandy Hill calls for More Heritage Protection
By Action Sandy Hill
13 September 2014
Ottawa, ON – Sandy Hill residents and other supporters of heritage buildings are gathering at 4:45 pm on Wednesday, September 17th, outside 317 Chapel St (All Saints Church) to march to 261-275 Laurier Avenue East, the site of the proposed demolition of 6 low rise apartment buildings, to encourage the City to preserve the historic character of Sandy Hill.
All Saints Church, a designated heritage building which is currently for sale, and the 6 buildings at the corner of Laurier and Friel contribute to the overall character of Laurier Avenue East, one of the most historic streets in Ottawa, home to three former Prime Ministers and countless other prominent contributors to the building of this country.
The pending sale of All Saints Church, and the proposal to replace the buildings at the corner of Laurier and Friel with a single 9-story student residence covering more than an acre of land, are but two of several examples of the recent economic and market pressures leading to the demolition of Sandy Hill’s built heritage. If left unchecked, the current trend will completely alter the historic character of one of the original neighbourhoods of our nation’s Capital. Historic, diverse, densely populated downtown neighbourhoods are seen as key assets in many other national capitals and are valued as an important part of the culture of those cities.
“In the 1980s, the City of Ottawa created several of the earliest Heritage Conservation Districts in the Province and even expropriated heritage buildings in order to save them from the wrecking ball. Today, demolition by neglect and the approval of demolition permits for heritage buildings is commonplace. With this demonstration, we want to send the message loud and clear that the preservation of the character and built heritage of Sandy Hill and other mature neighbourhoods should be a top priority for our Mayor and Councillors.” said Chad Rollins, President of Action Sandy Hill.