skyline is changing permanently with the start of
demolition today of the decades old grain silos on Dayfoot Street.
Three new residential lots, plus the original parcel will replace them.
Updated - demolition underway in Beeton
10 - Council's decision last night to force a condition
on a development agreement that did not initially bind Beeton Woods to
carry out a pre-demolition survey prior to removing five abandoned
grain silos from 102 Dayfoot did not stop this morning's demolition to
begin. Beeton Woods had secured a demolition permit, and hired Priestly Demolition to
remove and dispose of the remains which was a condition of sale when it
purchased the property from the Town. Priestly's demolition
portfolio includes multi-million dollar projects at Pearson Airport,
and the Eaton Centre parking garage. Ward 6 councillor Richard Norcross
who pushed the notion of making the pre-survey a requirement said this
afternoon. "I just left the site and at home now following up on my
abandoned silos on Dayfoot Street in Beeton are poised to
come down, but their proximity to nearby homes is causing concern from
residents and councillors.
Development agreement amended to force pre-demolition survey
The pending demolition of five abandoned grain silos at 102 Dayfoot
Street that were most recently owned by the Town (tax arrears) but sold
to a Maple based interest called Beeton Woods Ltd, will be slowed by an
amended requirement in the development agreement for the proponent to
carry out a pre-demolition survey before proceeding.
Beeton Woods purchased the property, which had been listed for
$150,000, and is creating three residential lots, plus the retained
lot. The property was sold "as is" and one of the key conditions
building approvals is the removal of the silos.
New Tecumseth's Chief Building Official (CBO) John Miller told
councillors last night that a demolition permit has been issued and
Beeton Woods has hired Priestly Demolition to carry out the project.
But Mr. Miller noted that Priestly has advised its client that the
houses in the vicinity are far enough away from the structures that a
pre survey was not necessary.
"The development agreement said they should consider doing a pre
demolition survey, however Priestly construction - and Priestly has
been in the business over 40 years, and they're a very is a reputable
company - have said in an email to Beeton Woods Ltd that the houses are
sufficiently back, there shouldn't be any problems," said Mr. Miller.
Rick Vatri, Director of Engineering, confirmed the development
agreement as structured could not compel the preliminary survey - which
would determine the mitigating measures needed to protect adjacent
properties from damage through issues like flying debris, and dust
"Under the development agreement, because this was going through a
demolition permit, we couldn't require
it, but it was more of a recommendation to the owner, and I guess to
the building department that it should be considered as part of that
process," said Mr. Vatri. "As far as the demolition permit, they are
required to have their own liability
insurance and that liability insurance would cover any problems."
Mr. Miller added, "there's nothing in the Building Code Act that says
it has to be done, and the
residential houses are not abutting the property. The South Simcoe
Railway land is
between the silos' property and the residences behind them. So it got
issued and we do have their liability insurance."
Ward 7 councillor Richard Norcross said he wanted the CBO's and
engineering department report delivered to the neighbouring residents
so they can read all the requirements, and also include a phone number
to deal with troubleshooting issues. However, he also wanted a
mechanism in place that would require the pre-demolition survey.
"I think this is an accident that's going to happen, and I think we
should protect ourselves, as well the demolition outfit should protect
themselves," said Mr. Norcross. "We've heard from the people that live
there and, those silos are pretty close to those homes, I think if they
were to fall to the west, they would actually probably strike them."
Mr. Vatri suggested an amendment to the development agreement to
include the provision as a condition could do the end-run around the
demolition permit. And if Beeton Woods objected, it would require an
appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board if a solution wasn't at hand
"I just want to make it perfectly clear, we really want those silos
down," said Mr. Norcross prior to the council vote to amend the deal.
"We've been looking for them to come down for a long time. But at the
same time, we want to make sure there's no damage or accidents that
occur while we finally get towards where we want to be."