The owner of a heritage home on the corner of Stanley Street and Wharncliffe Road is making a plea for her house to be saved ahead of a future infrastructure project.
Nan Finlayson has been living at 100 Stanley Street for the last 28 years, but her home may be expropriated to make way for the doubling of Wharncliffe Road under the train bridge, just north of Horton Street.
The 75-year-old tells AM980 having to leave would be heartbreaking.
“The house is a treasure. It’s basically who I am. The location is perfect for me, the craftsmanship is 124 years old and the craftsmanship inside the house is amazing.”
The City is planning on transforming Wharncliffe from three lanes to 6 in the coming years, part of the Western Road widening and SHIFT rapid transit implementation to increase traffic flow.
“There is enough room under the train bridge at the moment to put four lanes of traffic,” Finlayson adds.
“There are three lanes at the moment and they could put a fourth lane in, as well as two sidewalks, without changing the railway bridge at all.”
Councillor Tanya Park says when the time comes it will be a difficult decision.
“This decision will probably be one of the most gut-wrenching ones that I’ve faced as a councillor. I know Mrs. Finlayson, she’s such a dear woman and she’s very much adored by her neighbours and the rest of her community. She has a lot of love and a lot of really solid memories in that home,” Park explains.
“Over the past two years council has been going through an environmental assessment on the project. So council has not received what the final recommendation is from staff on this project just yet. But I think when we go forward, council is going to have a very difficult decision to make.”
With files from Travis Dolynny and Liny Lamberink.