A resident’s perspective.
I just read the article in the Guelph Tribune about the farmhouse on Simmonds Drive. I live on Simmonds Drive and I am quite disappointed in the ‘neighbourhood’ opinion that is expressed in the article. As a person that lives in this neighbourhood, on this road, I don’t think that the farmhouse is ‘a blight’ at all and like you I am very saddened to hear that the city staff are recommending demolition. I think that this is very disappointing that they cannot come up with another viable option. I don’t think that it should be a private home in the middle of the park, but I agree with you that the city set this farmhouse up for failure because of its location. Why design the neighbourhood and park like it is without including the farmhouse in a plan for a public facility? Why didn’t the city think of this before recommending the cheapest option of demolition? Why isn’t a neighbourhood community centre and demonstration home for residential energy efficiency being considered as an option and the best option!
Who in my neighbourhood would not want a community centre?? REEP house in Kitchener is an excellent example of a house being used as a public teaching tool on energy efficiency. Why doesn’t Guelph consider a model like this that can educate residents and school children? Perhaps there is a daycare centre or independent library/market store that would like to move in and service the neighbourhood? There is little infrastructure for this growing neighbourhood in this end of town – I guess we are all expected to shop at Walmart? (I digress).
I hope you can share my opinion as opposing the quite vocal one from the neighbourhood that is talked about in the article, I am that other ‘segment’ that is supportive of retention options. ML