We have prepared and present an aerial depiction of the subdivision proposed by the Marotta Group for the Rand Estate. This is truly one of those cases where a picture tells a thousand words. The Marotta application proposes to festoon virtually every square foot of 200 John and 588 Charlotte Streets with houses.
The Town has published a Notice of Complete Application for the subdivision proposed by the Marotta Group for the back half of the Rand Estate. There will no longer be a LPAT hearing in July on whether the application is complete. The Town has now accepted the application as complete with the filing of a report the Town had requested.
SORE is pleased to report on a decision last week of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice of relevance to both the Rand Estate and to heritage protection in NOTL.
Two updates: Benny Marotta’s companies have pulled the for sale signs on 144/176 John St (the site of the historic Rand house and gardens and half of the former Rand Estate). The Conservation Review Board has now scheduled a hearing for four days starting
Monday, July 19.
The Marotta group has abandoned its court challenge of the legality of the Town’s heritage designation bylaws for the Rand Estate. The Marotta group paid the Town and SORE a combined $170,000 in costs in order to walk away from the appeal.
SORE is very pleased to note that the Town has received the prestigious Prince of Wales Prize for 2020 from the National Trust for Canada.
Save Our Rand Estate – also known as “SORE” – was created to support responsible development, specifically of the Rand Estate. We welcome projects that respect the unique historical and cultural heritage of NOTL. At the same time, we are prepared to stand up against developers who show little regard for our cultural heritage and the Town Official Plan.