Developer appeals Rand Estate repair order

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Two Sisters Resorts Corp. is appealing an order by the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake to carry out repair work on the Rand Estate.

There will be a live appeal hearing on Oct. 12 at 5 p.m.

The order, issued Aug. 25, compelled the company, owned by developer Benny Marotta, to conduct a series of repairs and restorations on the Rand Estate as the property has run afoul of the town’s property standards bylaw.

The work is to be done by Jan. 25, 2022, according to the appeal notice. But Marotta’s appeal states there's not enough time to do all the requested repairs by the deadline and asks for all items to be delayed.

In the original order, the town requested nine specific repairs be undertaken.

These included the boarding of all possible entrances, mould remediation for the interiors, review and repair of the roof if necessary and the installation of a metal fence around vacant buildings.

The appeal also claims some of the orders are not applicable because they fall under the residential property section of the property standards bylaw.

The building falls under the heritage property section of the bylaw, according the appeal and the original order.

The bylaw states that any vacant heritage property needs to have on-going maintenance inside and outside the property to maintain standards.

Evan Saunders, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Lake Report

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