After the second fire at the derelict model home at Weston and Dora Spencer, people asked—rightly—how this could happen. Why was a building allowed to sit vacant for years, and how could it have burned twice, at great expense and considerable danger to the fine women and men who protect us?
The answer will not surprise you: the city is powerless. According to Frances Nunziata’s office, “the City cannot order that a building be demolished just because it has sat vacant for a long period of time”, but can only ask that it remains boarded up.
The owners wanted to keep the blue monstrosity as “the construction office for a development they have planned at 2 Buttonwood Street”— though I, for one, would certainly not have bought a home from someone who builds or cares for buildings quite like that.
If your standards are low, there is good news: what’s left of the building will be demolished by the end of the week, and the site should now be secured.
While the building is gone, the problem remains: there are at least two other derelict and dangerous buildings on Weston Road that have sat vacant for years—indeed more than a decade: the homes near 2254 Weston.
Readers, submit your own photos of potential firetraps.