Several new downtown Burlington properties to receive heritage protection


Published November 30, 2022 at 11:20 am

Several downtown Burlington properties are likely to be given heritage protection by the City.

Receiving the heritage designation will be 795 Brant St., at the corner of Prospect St. This will complicate the plans of the owner of the site to build a 31-storey building that would contain 356 new residential units as well as retail space on the street level.

According to a report that will be presented at next week’s Community Planning, Regulation and Mobility committee meeting, the building meets six of nine possible criteria to receive historical designation, including:

  • An early example of a brick-built, Georgian style, two-storey house
  • A high degree of craftsmanship, having been constructed by a master builder, James Cushie Bent, and brickmaker and mason, Jabez Bent.
  • Has a direct association with significant community members
  • Has potential to yield information that contributes to an understanding of the community
  • Is a local landmark

The staff report recommends the building be incorporated into the proposed development, something the developer has thus far resisted.

An additional half-dozen properties will be added to the City’s Heritage Register:

  • 353-355 Brant St.
  • 2010 Maria St.
  • 468 Elizabeth St.
  • 441 Elizabeth St.
  • 436 Pearl St.
  • 488 Locust St.

This will prevent demolition or significant alterations to the structures without a more formal application to the City.

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