The Alma Advocacy Association has written to the City of St. Thomas to complain about the condition of the property at 96 Moore St., the site of Alma College.
Chief Building Official
St. Thomas City Hall
PO Box 520
St. Thomas, Ontario
December 15, 2008
Re: 96 Moore Street, St. Thomas, Ontario, known as Alma College
Dear Chief Building Official;
We wish to file a complaint regarding the condition of the heritage property at 96 Moore Street, St. Thomas, Ontario.
Our concerns relate to the buildings and structures remaining at 96 Moore and public health and safety hazards.
We would request that your department investigate these conditions and enforce property and health and safety standards. We have particular concerns in regards to the following;
1. The chapel roof has holes exposing the building to the elements. Bricks are falling at the back of the chapel and being chipped away. Eaves troughs and downpipes have been removed.
2. The music building has serious leaks from the roof and bricks are being chipped away from the entrance.
3. The gate needs to be retrieved from grass overgrowth and should be restored for future re-attachment to the existing pillar. There is also another large section of fencing by the dining hall that should be retrieved and safely stored.
4. The former dining hall remains three quarters demolished, without permit, and the old walk in freezer has become a hang out for trespassers and vandals. The dining hall debris must be cleaned up in its entirety.
5. The outdoor amphitheatre is being chipped away at by vandals and is a safety hazard to those who wander the property. Access to the amphitheatre from the McCaig property to the east needs to be blocked off to ebb the flow of trespassers.
6. The debris from the main building should be cleaned up as soon as possible, retaining its foundation and footprint.
We would request that you inspect and investigate said property immediately and move to enforce property standards forthwith.
We look forward to your response,
Suzanne van Bommel
On behalf of
Alma Advocacy Association