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407 Salvage Project

The 407 extension will extend through more than half of Clarington, starting at Townline Road in the west and connecting with Highway 35/115 in the east with a projected completion date in 2020.  The Ministry of Transportation (MTO), after determining the final route, identified heritage resources within and adjacent to the final route.  Cultural Heritage Evaluation Reports (CHERs) were prepared for the heritage resources and a number of buildings with significant heritage value were identified.

The Ministry of Transportation provided a presentation to the Clarington Heritage Committee (CHC) at the beginning of 2013 regarding their process for handling heritage resources.  The CHC has also consulted with other Durham Region Municipalities to understand how they had dealt with heritage resources in relation to the 407 construction.

The preferred option for the Clarington Heritage Committee was to retain the existing buildings on their existing site and adaptively reuse them if possible.  The Ministry of Transportation identified buildings that could not be retained on their current site and these buildings were advertised for relocation to the general public as part of a proposal call.   The Ministry of Transportation requested Clarington identify a salvage process by which certain heritage materials could be reused should no proposals for building relocation be received and implemented.  In this case the buildings would to be removed after documentation and retentions of materials for the community value plans the salvage process adopted by the Municipality.

The Clarington Heritage Committee made a number of recommendations to the Ministry of Transportation and created a flow chart (see below), endorsed by Council, for dealing with heritage resources and a heritage materials salvage.  The Clarington Heritage Committee contacted municipal departments, the Clarington Museums, and property owners of all designated heritage buildings within Clarington.  Designated property owners were asked to identify what type of items they could potentially use to enhance the architectural qualities of their properties.  After the advertising process for building relocation the Ministry of Transpiration confirmed which buildings would be removed; a meeting was held with interested designated property owners where an inventory of materials available was presented.  The meeting was very successful in matching many owners with materials that had proved hard to find previously.

An additional result of the meeting was the networking of designated heritage property owners being able to discuss what materials each owner was looking for, furthering the exchange of materials for reuse, and sharing of experiences when dealing with heritage building renovations.  As a result of the process employed, materials were salvaged by the Ministry of Transportation and provided to the property owners.

Overall the heritage salvage process created by the Clarington Heritage Committee has been successful in dealing with the heritage resources that have been impact by the 407 highway extension.

Clarington Heritage Resource Evaluation Process

Clarington Heritage Resource Evaluation Process Flow Chart