Heritage designation denied despite petition pressure

An 11th hour plea from a group of concerned residents who are hoping that someone intervenes to help save a building with deep roots in the community may all be for naught.

The Stewart-Dworkin house at 256 Rideau Street has already been partially demolished by developers to make room for a 26-storey tower, but that hasn't stopped the group from Lowertown.

A petition created on Saturday asking the city for a heritage designation, garnered over 300 signatures in less than 24 hours.

However, the city responded to the creator of the petition, Marc Aubin the former President of the Lowertown Community Association, telling him that they would not be pursuing the designation.

Aubin says the city's response is upsetting making him question 'if a building like this has no heritage value than what does?'

The Stewart-Dworkin House was built in 1877 and was the site of the century-old to Dworkin Furs.

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