Another heritage battle could be brewing in London.
A $300-million high rise development for downtown London could be on hold after the planning and environment committee sent it back to staff for more study Tuesday.
At issue is the location of the proposed development, a row of Victorian homes known as Camden Terrace on Talbot Street between Fullarton Street and Dufferin Avenue.
Heritage activists want to keep the 140-year-old homes saying they are an important part of London’s history, however the developers say the soil beneath the homes is contaminated and the houses have to be removed to clean the site.
The development is supported by downtown business groups and city staff who praised the proposed design.
Rygar Properties Inc. wants to build a nine-storey building, a 29-storey building and a 38-storey building, which would be the largest in southwestern Ontario. The design includes four storeys of underground parking and 1,000 square metre floor plates.
The project would also generate $10 million in development charges for the city, however those will be covered by the taxpayer and not Rygar.