Council approves 2013 Toronto Heritage Grants|
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Toronto City Council has approved the 2013 Toronto Heritage Grants. The Heritage Grants Program is awarding $312,000 in grants to the owners of 24 designated heritage properties to help with restoration.
This year’s grant recipients include homeowners, condominiums, places of worship and commercial heritage properties. Work includes the repair of historic windows, masonry conservation and the reconstruction of lost historic attributes.
"The 2013 grant program is expected to generate more than $1.2 million in investment in preserving Toronto's heritage properties. That's a great return on our investment," said Councillor Frank Di Giorgio (Ward 12 York South-Weston), Chair of the Budget Committee. "The owners are proud of their properties, and I am glad the City is able to support their preservation efforts through this program."
Highlights of the grant recipients this year include:
- 2154 Dundas St. W. (B. F. Harvey Company Factory): $30,000 for masonry repair and restoration
- 141 McCaul St. (Redemptorist Monastery): $20,000 for restoration of masonry, roof gable and cross
- 159 Roxborough Dr. (Rosedale United Church): $20,000 for the repair of stained glass windows
- 14 Draper St. (private residence): $10,000 for the restoration of the slate roof and reconstruction of original dormers.
The grants are awarded by City Council annually on the advice of an appointed committee of industry professionals, including heritage conservation experts, architects, engineers and skilled tradespeople. The committee members volunteer their time for the consideration of all grants and offer advice to Council as well as the successful applicants.
The Heritage Grant Program leverages private investment in the restoration of heritage properties across the city. The program typically sees almost $6 of private spending for the restoration of heritage properties generated as a result of every grant dollar awarded by the City. This investment not only goes into quality materials, but also into the local skilled trades, creating a local economic benefit.
The Heritage Grant Program has helped many significant projects achieve excellence in heritage conservation. The building at 2154 Dundas St. W., originally known as the B. F. Harvey Company Factory, was renamed the Feather Factory Lofts as part of an adaptive re-use of the industrial site for condominiums.
David Hunter, past-president of the condominium board at the Feather Factory Lofts, said "The grant was a determining factor in getting the other residents on board for the restoration of our masonry. The incentive helps our building look and function better – it made good sense for us to apply."
According to heritage architect Jane Burgess, the grant program is a great opportunity to do more. "The City of Toronto’s Heritage Grant Program enables owners of heritage buildings to go beyond the maintenance of their buildings' heritage elements to the application of best practices for conservation and restoration."
The Redemptorists had the funds to restore elements of the monastery at 141 McCaul St. that affected the daily lives of their community, but did not have sufficient funds for the conservation of some signature decorative elements. This year, the Heritage Grant Program will enable the Redemptorists to conserve important decorative elements of the monastery.
"Preservation of Toronto's cultural heritage is essential to maintaining its character and distinction," said Jennifer Keesmaat, the City's Chief Planner. "The Heritage Grant Program provides tangible support for place making by meeting this objective."
Further information and a complete list of the grant recipients are available at
Information about Heritage Preservation Services is available at http://www.toronto.ca/heritage-preservation/index.htm.
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|Bruce Hawkins, Senior Communications Co-ordinator|