Hundreds of documents have been produced over the past few years by the City of Burlington as part of its planning for the new Aldershot Transit Station area adjacent to the GO Station. Buried in all of these documents is an appendix that alerts planners to the importance of older buildings in the redevelopment area.

The 2019 schedule, officially known as the Cultural Heritage Resource Assessment, provides an analysis of heritage resources within the MTSA and identified three houses which it describes as “potential built heritage resources”.

The analysis recommended that “Aldershot MTSA’s redevelopment and intensification plan should incorporate policies that ensure the long-term viability and presence of cultural heritage resources in the area”. It further suggests that a Heritage Impact Assessment be carried out to determine the specific heritage significance of each of the properties, which will lead to the establishment of a conservation plan and mitigation measures if necessary.

The three newly identified “Cultural Heritage Resources” are the houses located at 62 and 66 Plains Road East and 1063 Waterdown Road. They are not currently listed on the City’s Cultural Heritage Resource Registry.

The house at 62 Plains Road East is described as a “two-story red brick building with Arts and Crafts influences, with mature trees throughout the property.”

62 East Plains Road

The house at 66 Plains Road East would be a one-and-a-half-story residential building with a central dormer window and front porch addition, set back from Plains Road East, surrounded by mature trees.”

66 East Plains Road

These homes are believed to be owned by Infinity Development Group, which is proposing a new ten-storey building spanning both properties. If approved, the demolition of the two buildings would be inevitable. Infinity’s proposal is currently being appealed to the Ontario Land Tribunal.

The house at 1063 Waterdown Road has also been identified as a two-and-a-half-story red brick residential building with Arts and Crafts influences, surrounded by mature trees. It is also believed to be under Infinity’s jurisdiction and slated for redevelopment.

1063 Waterdown Road

“These properties and the recommendations contained in the Heritage Study will be taken into account when creating plans specific to MTSA areas, in a policy context or as recommended,” said Jenna Puletto, community initiatives coordinator at the city.

The city is in the process of approving its final area-specific plans for the Aldershot MTSA. Currently, these three properties are on sites proposed for intensification. There will be a public meeting on April 28 to discuss the MTSA’s plans in more detail.

In addition to these three former buildings within the MTSA, four other properties nearby, but outside the boundaries of the MTSA, have also been identified as heritage resources. These include St. Matthew’s Church and Cemetery, Gallagher House at 241 Plains Road East, Roelfson House at 242 Plains Road East, and Scheer-Read Farm at 192 Plains Road East. They are all listed as cultural heritage resources or designated as historic buildings.

By Rick Craven

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