Lone Pine Gas Station Gets Reprive
BRACEBRIDGE – The Lone Pine gas station has been given a reprieve.
The Town of Bracebridge had the historic site at 1994 Manitoba St. slated for demolition tomorrow, Tuesday, Feb. 16, declaring it “immediately unsafe.”
“We were able to get a 30-day delay in the demolition of the Gas Bar,” wrote John Mehlenbacher of the Rosseau Group in an email to this newspaper. “We are putting up fencing around it tomorrow to satisfy the town and will work on various options to see if saving the building is possible.The Building Services Branch of the Planning and Development Department advised that after meeting with Mehlenbacher on Monday the demolition has been delayed under two conditions: The immediate installation of safety fencing for the protection of the public; and the submission of a permit application under the Ontario Building Code by March 15, 2016.
In a press release the town requested this newspaper remind the public that the structure has been deemed unsafe.
Mehlenbacher said he is working with his cousin Scott Moffat to preserve some of Muskoka’s built history.
“We’re sick of seeing old heritage buildings torn down,” he said, adding that they have saved a couple of buildings already including an old boathouse off of Lake Rosseau from the 1890s.
The cousins have a long-term plan of making a pioneer village of preserved buildings in Muskoka.
ORIGINAL ARTICLE: muskokaregion.com