A developer who tried to speak at council was removed from the chambers by security as he tried to protest a decision to give a heritage designation to a property he is working on.
Council voted unanimously to ask the city heritage committee to look at designating 1 St. James Pl. as being of heritage value. That would at least temporarily halt demolition on the property, which holds a 78-year-old home of architectural significance.
The fear is that the owner will demolish the attached garage and porch and put a parking lot on the property, said Coun. Jason Farr of Ward 2. The property is near St. Joseph’s Healthcare.
Victor Veri, director of the corporation that owns the home, tried to speak against council’s motion on Wednesday.
“In the name of Her Majesty the Queen, I request to speak,” Veri called out during the meeting.
“You’re going to have to get me out of here. There’s no natural justice here and I’m seeking natural justice.”
Mayor Bob Bratina stopped the meeting and security forced Veri to leave.
Outside, Veri was visibly angry.
“I mean, this is just bullshit, OK?” he said. “It’s politics.”
“I know the law. That is not lawful what they’re doing in there.”
Residents Mark and Hinda Levine have filed a court motion to stop the demolition, for which the city has issued a permit.
Veri will appear in Hamilton court Thursday. Meanwhile, the municipal heritage committee will meet at 10 a.m. to discuss the designation.
Reporter Samantha Craggs tweeted live from the meeting. Follow her at @SamCraggsCBC or in the window below.