Nova Scotia

Historic north-end home may be demolished

The owners of the registered heritage property have applied for a demolition permit, but many people in the neighbourhood don't want to see the 175-year-old home on it torn down.

The owners of a registered heritage property in Halifax have applied for a demolition permit, but many people in the neighbourhood don't want to see the 175-year-old house torn down.

Wen Prathumma and his wife, originally from Thailand, want to demolish Bloomfield House on Fuller Terrace and build a new apartment building, but they say they may re-think their plan if people in the neighbourhood will be upset by it.

Prathumma runs two Thai restaurants in Halifax and would like the new apartment building on the site to house some of his employees.

"So this property has to be fixed in order for people to live there, or do something better to make it look nicer. I'm not about to leave them like that," said Prathumma. "To let people come and smoke joints and ask me to fight, I don't want to do that, and those things have been happening a lot."

Prathumma is already feeling the heat from people in the neighbourhood.

The demolition permit application in front of the house has been defaced.

"It is a heritage home and we're losing too much of the old city," said neighbour Pat Doyle, who's lived across the street for 23 years. "There is always the fear of what is going to be there and what effect is it going to have on our neighbourhood."

Susanna Fuller is another neighbour who would like to see the property saved. In the last few years, she's played a key role in saving other older properties from the wrecking ball.

"I don't think people in the community have really talked to him and sat down and said look this is why we care about this building," said Fuller. "Are you willing to sell this building, are you willing to keep it, how can we help you?"

Built in 1836, the house was once the home of Halifax Mayor Hugh Bell and until recently was a Pentecostal church where many community events were held and a community garden planted.

A public meeting will be held in two weeks to discuss the demolition of Bloomfield House. 

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