Demolition of sites to include 'total burn' of historic Nolan
House in Tottenham
New Tecumseth councillors are expected to award a $132,000 contract for
the demolition of three properties, including the approximate
167-year-old Nolan House located in the Tottenham Conservation Area,
whose history is linked to George Nolan, the former Village's first
The Nolan House, built circa 1850, is designated a New Tecumseth
Heritage House. It is "significant because of the location (an early
milling site) and its association with a founder of the village of
Tottenham," according to the Town's Heritage House listing.
The other properties include 3 George St in Tottenham, which until
recently had housed the food bank. Once cleared, the site is to become
a public parking lot. And, 56 Main Street in Beeton, a three unit
residential structure on the west side of DA Jones Library. The Town
purchased the property for approximately $600,000 about a decade ago as
a land assembly for any future recreation centre expansion.
Councillors actually approved the demolitions of the three separate
properties as part of the 2017 capital project - both the house at 56
Main Street, and the Nolan House were identified to be funded through
taxation and 3 George Street funded through Town Asset Replacement
In the report to council on Monday night's agenda recommending the
demolition contract award to Maxx North America Group / Trisan General
Contractors, each of the sites are vacant, and fell into states of
The Nolan House "has been unoccupied for approximately seven years and
the structural integrity was in question and the building had
deteriorated beyond its manageable life cycle," according to the
report. Because it's listed as a significant property, 60 days notice
is required prior to demolition, which, "based on the interpretation of
this requirement, it is noted that it has been satisfied with
the submission of budget sheet #2017-121
authorizing the demolition of this building."
Demolition of the Nolan House will feature New Tecumseth Fire Rescue
burning it down as a "fire training exercise on the facility resulting
in a total burn of the building. The tender provides
provisions for initial support efforts
to render the exercise safe to perform with a final clean-up and
restoration of the site."
No date for demolition is included in the report, which because it's at
committee, will require council ratification at its Oct. 16 meeting.