No, it’s not Darren Hill’s re-election slogan, about Cosmo, the North Bridge, or about rising crime in Mayfair.
A Spadina Crescent home where author Farley Mowat once lived will not receive heritage designation, which could have brought the owner up to $84,400 in tax abatements to cover ongoing renovations.
Although the city had given the homeowner the green light to start his renovations a year ago and appeared poised to grant his application for heritage designation this spring, the provincial board that oversees heritage properties recommended last month that the application be denied. Council on Monday voted to accept that recommendation.
“We screwed this up completely,” said Coun. Darren Hill, who was alone in voting against the province’s recommendation.
“There’s no doubt that this was a comedy of errors from the start of that application process.”
Mayor Don Atchison disagreed.
“If the province wasn’t prepared to go that direction at all, I don’t know why we’d be going there either,” he told his colleagues before the vote.
So let me get this straight. The City of Saskatoon told a homeowner to go ahead with renovations (that I assume they approved) and now that the province disagrees, the city walks away and leaves the homeowner with a $84,000 hole in his budget and no one on council cares.
I know this house in in Hill’s ward but it seems a little cold, even from a council that doesn’t often care about individual homeowners.