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Elgie House waiting for designation

Toronto City Council adopted four resolutions at its November council meeting paving the way for the Elgie House to become a heritage property.

Public notice was given Dec. 4. If no objections are received by the city clerk by Jan. 3, the city will pass a by-law designating 262 Bessborough Dr. a heritage property. Elgie House is one of three residential properties in Leaside that predate its incorporation in 1913.

The original portion of the house represents typical farmhouse design from the 1880s. Built by Thomas G. Elgie, the designation would slow, but not end, Renaissance Fine Homes’ desire to move the main central portion of the house (additions to the north and south aren’t part of the historical designation request) to the front of the property creating more back yard space for the other two homes Renaissance wants to build.

It plans to appeal the city’s statement of significance to the Ontario Municipal Board arguing the home’s location on the property isn’t heritage in nature.