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Feb 26, 2013  |  Vote 0    0

Meeting to discuss planned changes to Bessborough Drive farmhouse property

East York Mirror

A new owner of a heritage-listed Leaside home is holding an information session to let residents know about planned changes to the property.

Elgie Farmhouse, the prominent red brick farmhouse at 262 Bessborough Dr., is listed, but not fully designated, under the Ontario Heritage Act. The property’s new owner wants to remove the house’s north and south wings, which were added after it was originally built, and restore the front and sides of the building.

The owner also plans to relocate the home near the front of the property, and sever the current lot into three, with the farmhouse occupying the middle lot and a new house built on each remaining lot.

The new lots would be approximately 30 feet wide and would conform to applicable bylaws.

To change the design of the lot, at least one mature tree would be removed, and a number of new trees planted.

A rezoning application for the property has not yet been filed with the city. The meeting, held at the suggestion of Don Valley West Councillor John Parker, is for the benefit of interested community members, and is not a required meeting.

At the information session, residents will have the chance to speak with the property owner and architects about the proposed changes.

The meeting takes place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27 at Leaside Library, 165 McRae Dr.

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