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The important thing now is to seal it off well. Plywood over the windows isn't going to keep arsonists out as legal matters are dealt with. Metal mesh and bars should be used over the windows, unless the renovation starts immediately. There should also be security present at all times, given that it's clear that old vacant houses in the downtown core attract arsonists.
 

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The important thing now is to seal it off well. Plywood over the windows isn't going to keep arsonists out as legal matters are dealt with. Metal mesh and bars should be used over the windows, unless the renovation starts immediately. There should also be security present at all times, given that it's clear that old vacant houses in the downtown core attract arsonists.
Hmm? I cant see developers paying for 24/7 security when it takes roughly 3-4 years to get a shovel on the ground,
then maybe again the heritage board can throw some money into that
 

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Hmm? I cant see developers paying for 24/7 security when it takes roughly 3-4 years to get a shovel on the ground,
then maybe again the heritage board can throw some money into that
That's regrettable. The last time someone set a vacant house on fire, at least two firefighters were seriously injured. One was left in critical condition. That's what happens when you neglect security. It's negligent, and pay people pay the cost of the property owners' negligence with their health and potentially their lives.

If they don't want to pay for security guards, there are other options. One is to renovate immediately and lease the property out to someone for the short term.

The heritage board doesn't owe these companies anything. It's their choice to buy heritage properties, and it's their responsibility to pay the costs of ownership and avoid being negligent.
 

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I could still smell the fire damage building and only one person doing the work as the other one left the site.

Its going to cost a few $$ to bring the building back up to code and to be lease out for the time being.
 

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Rumor has it that the house has been ordered to be torn down. No confirmation at this point, just something that was passed on to me.
Hopefully if it's going to be demolished, it's just a partial demolition of the roof, rear and sides, like at 314 Jarvis St.

Tearing all of it down makes it harder to mandate a reconstruction.

Edit: Some hopefully good news from Cressy's office:
"Thank you for writing to the office of Councillor Cressy.

There is a full, ongoing investigation as to the source of the fire by Toronto Fire Services. While there was damage from the initial fire, the building has been deemed safe enough to enter by Fire Inspectors. Toronto Heritage visited the site yesterday, and will be reporting back to our office. The building is currently designated as a heritage property, and is in a heritage conservation district, so there are multiple city policies that apply to its retention.

Going forward, Toronto Fire will require a boarding of all windows and doors, and regularly visit the site to ensure it is secured against entrance."
 
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