A letter arrived this afternoon from the City Planning Department informing us of a planning application to demolish our building and build a seniors' retirement residence. To say that it came out of the blue is an understatement. Forgive me, but I need to vent my feelings.
Is it unreasonable to expect that our management office or indeed the owners of the building might have seen fit to inform us of this decision? Apparently that is expecting too much. I called the local Councillor's office and spoke to a very pleasant lady who knew about the application ~ more than I did! She told me that the landlords had informed the city council that the residents are aware of their plans. She was somewhat surprised to hear that I live here and have heard nothing and nor have my neighbours.
Whilst it is hardly a surprise that there is a plan to demolish the property ~ we saw them surveying the lot about eighteen months ago, but no-one would tell us why they were doing so ~ it has left me feeling like the rug is being pulled from under my feet.
I have been told that even if the neighbours object and the city council turn down the plan, there is a very real possibility that the provincial government could overrule the decision, as happened in another neighbourhood planning application within recent weeks.