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Ottawa's built heritage committee votes to nix Stittsville barn move

Richcraft wants to relocate the 1870s Bradley/Craig barn to Saunders Farm.

The 1870s Bradley/Craig barn.

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The 1870s Bradley/Craig barn.

A 19th-century barn should stay in Stittsville, a built heritage sub-committee ruled on Thursday.

Richcraft wants to move the 1870s Bradley/Craig barn, at 590 Hazeldean Road, to Saunders Farm. But the committee voted 4-2 in favour of the staff recommendation to keep the building in place.

Planning committee will consider the application on Jan. 26.

Gary Sealey, president of the Federation of Citizens’ Associations of Ottawa, said the value of the building is in the context of its Stittsville home. If it’s moved, it becomes a replica, he said.

“Its heritage springs from the local soil and from the family who made it successful.”

The Bradley family built the Gothic Revival style brick building in a barn-raising bee. Many of its advocates note that it’s a Stittsville landmark.

It’s currently situated on a parcel of designated as mixed-use in the Fernbank community design plan.

“It’s in my best interest to keep the building safe and secure,” noted Kevin Yemm, vice president of land development for Richcraft, after the meeting. But Richcraft’s view is it’s not feasible to keep the barn on site.

Mark Saunders, of Saunders Farm, said if the Bradley/Craig barn were to relocate, it could be used for a variety of functions, including weddings.

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