SORE is very pleased to announce that it has won the prestigious Margaret and Nicholas Hill Award from the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario. The ACO’s announcement can be viewed at acoheritageawards.ca/save-our-rand-estate/. SORE is grateful for the recognition both of its almost four years of hard work and of the provincial and national significance of the […]
In the latest installment of Benny Marotta’s legal assaults on the Town over the historic Rand Estate, Mr. Marotta has now instructed his lawyers to challenge orders issued by the Town under its Property Standards By-Law.
SORE is very pleased to report that it has been nominated for the prestigious Margaret and Nicholas Hill Cultural Landscape Award by Architectural Conservancy Ontario. The ACO nomination announcement can be viewed at acoheritageawards.ca/save-our-rand-estate.
SORE has filed Reply Witness Statements to the evidence of the Solmar/Two Sisters in the Conservation Review Board hearing initiated by the Marotta companies. The Witness Statements can be found on our website.
In a meeting that stretched to 5 hours, Council and the community on July 14 heard numerous delegations from members of the public as well as SORE on the myriad issues raised by the Marotta subdivision proposal.
SORE supporters are reminded of the Public Meeting Wednesday beginning at 5 pm on the proposed Marotta Rand subdivision. The meeting can be viewed at livestream.com/notl.
SORE has filed three peer review reports with the Town concerning the proposed Marotta subdivision covering Stormwater and Drainage, Grading and Servicing, Natural Environment.
Residents and interested parties are reminded of the upcoming Public Meeting concerning the Marotta Rand subdivision proposal on Wednesday, July 14 at 5 pm. The Public Meeting will be live-streamed.
The Marotta companies, the Town and SORE have all now filed their expert reports for the upcoming Conservation Review Board hearing beginning on July 19. As a reminder, the Marotta companies are asking the CRB to advise on the merits of the Town’s August 2018 Notices of Intent to Designate 200 John and 588 Charlotte (the back half of the Rand Estate) under the Heritage Act.
The SORE core team has undertaken a comparison of the density of the proposed Marotta Rand Estate subdivision with the closest neighbourhoods to the Estate. Provided are both “Gross” and “Net” density graphs illustrating the comparison.
SORE thanks the almost 200 households that signed up for the June 15 Open House and the 30 or so people who asked questions. The evening illustrated the extreme challenges of conducting public consultations by video.
SORE reminds all interested parties to register if you wish to electronically attend tomorrow’s open house concerning the Marotta Rand subdivision proposal starting at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
SORE has received additional information from the Town planner handling the Tuesday Open House starting at 5 p.m. We pass it along verbatim for your information.
SORE reminds supporters and all concerned stakeholders of the Open House next Tuesday June 15 beginning at 5 p.m. You must register in advance to attend the electronic Open House before noon June 15.
SORE reminds all residents about the upcoming public open house concerning the Marotta group subdivision application. The open house will unfortunately be electronic only and will start at 5 pm on Tuesday June 15. You must register in advance to watch and if desired participate.
Save Our Rand Estate (SORE) is inviting community members to share their personal historical photographs and other archival information of and for the Rand Estate, also known as Randwood, located at the corner of John and Charlotte streets in Niagara-on-the-Lake. We are particularly interested in photos of Randwood taken either on the estate or from the surrounding streets and trails, and in particular, photographs taken before the 1980s.
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.
In a series of developments over the last few days, the Marotta group has (1) Withdrawn their appeals to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) of the Town’s “non-decision” on their hotel/convention centre application; (2) Withdrawn their appeals to the Conservation Review Board (CRB) of the previous Council’s notices of intention to designate 144 and 176 John Street East under the Ontario Heritage Act in August of 2018; and (3) Put a for sale sign on 144/176 John Street.
On Sept. 8, the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) adjourned the proceedings until April 2021, to allow the subdivision application recently filed with the Town to be appealed to LPAT and consolidated with the Marotta hotel/convention centre application.