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[URBAN NOTE] “Tenants seek heritage designation for 140-year-old house near U of T”

The Toronto Star‘s Sammy Hudes describes how the status of 15 Glen Morris Street, a home 140 years old, is currently being contested by the tenants who live there and are seeking heritage designation for the house and the owners whose repairs–if they can be called them–seem more a prelude to demolition for the apartment tower they say they want to build. Clarity is clearly needed.

Adam Wynne woke up Saturday to find his home shaking and was startled by what he saw.

“We look outside and there’s a crew that says ‘demolition,’ ” said Wynne, one of 12 tenants of the house near Harbord St. and Spadina Ave. “They were up on the roof, they were outside the window, the whole building was shaking. It was absolutely terrifying.”

Now when it rains or snows, he said, the inside of the house gets wet even though they’re still living there.

Located at 15 Glen Morris St., surrounded by University of Toronto buildings, Wynne is fighting to preserve the 140-year-old house as a relic of the city’s past.

The house is the oldest in the neighbourhood and has a unique architectural style, said Julie Mathien, co-president of the Huron-Sussex Residents’ Organization.

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Written by Randy McDonald

January 26, 2017 at 8:30 pm

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