The city will not be adding a swooping Canadian Tire gas bar canopy to its registry of heritage properties.
A resident asked the city to consider listing the canopy at 304 Main St. E. on the list of properties with heritage value. Inclusion on the registry would mean the corporation would have to wait 60 days for a demolition permit rather than 20 days.
Canadian Tire doesn’t want the designation, said Scott Arbuckle, a planner with IBI Group, at a planning committee meeting on Tuesday. Arbuckle and Matt Johnston represented Canadian Tire at the meeting.
“It’s a giant concrete gas bar canopy that has no ability to integrate into any sort of mixed-use proposal,” Arbuckle said.
The designation would hinder any future plans to develop the property. And, some councillors pointed out, it would also be a little absurd.
“It looks like the world’s gone mad, designating gas pumps,” said Coun. Lloyd Ferguson of Ancaster.
“I thought it was interesting — and I’m being diplomatic — that a gas station is being declared heritage,” Coun. Brad Clark said.
The retail store near the corner of Main Street East and Victoria was built in the early 1930s, with the gas bar constructed in the early 1970s.
It wouldn’t be the first time a city designated a gas bar as heritage.
In 2011, the city of Mississauga designated a Canadian Tire gas bar canopy at 1212 Southdown Rd. as being of heritage interest.
Councillors simply received the report, which means no further action.
The corporation has no current development plans for the property, Arbuckle said.