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Aiw
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Post Number: 6111
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Thursday, January 04, 2007 - 7:01 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Here is today's P.D.J.
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Stecks77
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Post Number: 233
Registered: 08-2006
Posted on Thursday, January 04, 2007 - 8:09 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

If he wants to build an assisted living center, couldn't this building be used as the psuedo community center containing meeting rooms, exercise facilities, and so on?

Or is the the whole site not big enough?

It would be a nice marriage of the old and new somehow.

Best of luck Aiw!
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Aiw
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Post Number: 6112
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Posted on Thursday, January 04, 2007 - 8:54 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

No Stecks, the building sits far back on the property. Part of the appeal of the property is the large set back lawn.

The developer "claims" there isn't enough room to build behind, and he has no intention of incorporating the existing structure into the new construction.

There were several compromising proposals offered, such as demolition of the 50's wing on the south end, to allow new construction to the rear of the existing structure. Also proposed was the moving of the structure forward on the property slightly to allow more room to the rear. All of these ideas were poo-pooed. They want a clean site to build on. Also many neighbors were against a mid rise structure being built on the site.

Here is a aerial view of the property, the house is in the middle of the property, with the 1952 addition to the rear.

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As a mattery of irony, the developer hired an out of town consultant to prepare a heritage summary report. There hope was that the consultant would file a report stating that there was no heritage value to the property. The consultant spoke to all parties involved, and did a review of the structure.

When the report came back, the developer's consultant sided with the preservation community and recommended the designation and preservation of the property as it is.
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Beadgrl
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Post Number: 99
Registered: 07-2006
Posted on Thursday, January 04, 2007 - 11:30 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Wow...so gorgeous!
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Jjaba
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Post Number: 4726
Registered: 11-2003
Posted on Thursday, January 04, 2007 - 2:59 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thanks AIW. Every auto mogul dreamed of an English Tudoresque mansion and many built them in the 1920s. The movement spread all over the USA and Canada as Tudor Revival. Edsel Ford led the way with his property in Grosse Pointe Shores, at Gaukler Point. He hired Albert Kahn as architect and Jen Jensen as landscape architect to build a Cotswold, Worcestershire, English Manor House, 1927-29. These homes became monuments to private wealth.

Keep up the fight. Thanks for the pics.
jjaba.
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Goat
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Post Number: 9124
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Posted on Thursday, January 04, 2007 - 6:46 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Keep the good fight going AIW. We don't need anymore BS from either Mady or Docherty.
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Fastcarsfreedom
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Post Number: 105
Registered: 11-2005
Posted on Friday, January 05, 2007 - 1:13 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Correct me if I'm wrong, but a bunch of the "heritage features" from the Glengarda convent were supposed to reappear on the property once The Gates of Glengarda was finished. Those condo towers have been done for awhile, and I'm still not seeing the promised bell tower, etc.

As if losing St. Mary's Academy wasn't lesson enough...and I say that as someone who's generally very pro-development.
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Aiw
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Post Number: 6115
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Friday, January 05, 2007 - 12:43 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

You're not wrong, even the Gates that were supposed to be saved were removed. There is not a single trace of what was once there.

From the website:


quote:

Mady Development was quite prepared to save at least part of the school building and incorporate it into their planned condominium project. These plans were scuttled, however, when the company encountered stiff resistance from local heritage groups, unprepared to compromise.
Sculptures occupying the property have been saved by Mady Development and will compliment the new development.




So because he was mad at preservation groups who didn't want to lose this grand old building, he demolished it. Talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face. He wonders why this deal for the convent had the preservationists out with guns blazing?

Here's what was lost for two crappy high rise condos.

glengarda

http://www.glengarda.com/historyof/index.html
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Aiw
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Post Number: 6116
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Posted on Friday, January 05, 2007 - 12:45 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

As a side note the property was donated to the order to build the school by Josephine Gaukler of Grosse Pointe (of Gaukler's point fame) in 1921.

The Rock might be able to chime in as he has some Gaukler blood in his veins..

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