PEAR­SON’S FOR­MER OT­TAWA HOME FAC­ING DE­MO­LI­TION

Edmonton Journal - - CANADA -

The for­mer home of Lester B. Pear­son is fac­ing de­mo­li­tion af­ter an Ot­tawa mu­nic­i­pal com­mit­tee re­versed a de­ci­sion to save the her­itage build­ing. Pear­son lived at the 231 Cobourg St. prop­erty be­tween 1955 and 1958 when he was min­is­ter of ex­ter­nal af­fairs. He won the No­bel Peace Prize in 1957. “The build­ing is lit­er­ally self-de­struc­t­ing,” said Robert Martin, the con­sul­tant who as­sessed its her­itage value. The Ugan­dan High Com­mis­sion, which owns the two-storey home, wants to de­mol­ish it and build a three-storey of­fice build­ing. On Tues­day, the city’s plan­ning com­mit­tee voted 9-1 in the com­mis­sion’s favour. Last month, the city’s built-her­itage sub­com­mit­tee voted 5-2 against de­mo­li­tion. City council will make a fi­nal de­ci­sion on May 9.

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