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London committee OKs razing Sanatorium Road, Oxford Street heritage properties

A city council committee gave the go-ahead Tuesday to razing two heritage properties.

Located at 600 Sanatorium Rd. and 2526 Oxford St. W. the buildings, each more than a century old, are managed by Infrastructure Ontario, which submitted the demolition request.

The city has asked that pieces of the structures be salvaged ifpossible and that signs marking the historical value of the sites be put in place, the planning and environment committee heard.

Both buildings have satempty for years and are in need of extensive repair, city staff said. Council will have a final say on the demolition when it meets Nov. 11.

The Sanatorium Road building dates back to 1910 and was part of the Queen Alexandria Sanatorium, which treated tuberculosis patients. Rehabilitating it would, according to a structural report, cost $451,000. More would be needed to get it ready for new use.

The other site was built as a farmhouse in the late 1800s and served as the Kilworth post office from 1903 to 1914.

It was relocated to its current spot inthe 1960s because of a road-widening project and served as a field office for the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources.

An estimated $126,000 is needed to bring it up to current standards.

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