Rosedaler may be forced to undo her­itage reno

Midtown Post - - News | Neighbourhood - — SP

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.

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