Rosedaler may be forced to undo heritage reno
A homeowner in north Rosedale may be forced to undo extensive alterations to her house in the Heritage Conservation District (HCD) that were made without the required permits.
Silvana Rizutto purchased the property at 204 Glen Road in early 2016 and said she decided to spruce it up because the bricks were old and falling apart.
In October, it came to the attention of city staff that she had altered many of the windows and covered the original red brick exterior with styrofoam stucco panels without approval from Heritage Preservation Services (HPS).
Terrell Wong, of the North Rosedale Residents’ Association (NRRA), helps guide local residents through the building process and said the renovations had not escaped her notice.
“I had emails from many local residents about the project and as the representative of the NRRA made a formal complaint to the buildings examiner and HPS,” Wong said.
City staff issued a report stating the alterations have a negative impact on the heritage character of the property and district and recommended city council deny the request for retroactive approval.
Rizutto maintains that her house looks no different from others in the neighbourhood.
“I think it is very unfair that they’re attacking my house when there are several other homes on the street that are stuccoed all over,” she said. The matter will head to City Council on Mar. 9. “If council refuses the alterations, we will, through litigation, work with the applicant to rectify the situation and see those alterations reversed,” said Sherry Pederson, program manager with HPS.