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City hall gave Great-West Life an extension of time to complete interior and exterior repairs to a vacant West Broadway heritage home the company owns.
The insurance company was appealing a city order under the vacant buildings bylaw in June to complete extensive repairs to a large Tudor-style home at 51 Balmoral St. by Sept. 23.
The home is the last remaining house on the east side of Balmoral Street, between Broadway and Granite Way. The company had demolished the other homes on that side of the street.
Cindy Tugwell, executive director of Heritage Winnipeg, said GWL has allowed the house to sit vacant and to deteriorate for years, refusing to use it or sell it.
"Out of poor stewardship, that is how most of these owners can get demolition because they can argue it’s too expensive," to repair, Tugwell said.
City staff said GWL was ordered in June to carry out extensive repairs. Roof shingles are missing or damaged, exterior wood surfaces need painting and the brick walls and foundation needed extensive repairs. The city said there was also extensive water damage to the ceiling and walls of the home’s interior.
Great-West Life denied it was allowing the house to fall into disrepair. Perry Schultz, the firm’s property manager, said the company had been carrying out the ordered repairs but needed an extension to get all the work done.
GWL was given until Oct. 31 to complete the exterior repairs and to June 1, 2015 to complete the interior repairs.