Category: Going Downtown

Gummer Building Update

An update on the status of the Gummer and adjacent buildings affected by the Good Friday fire. Clean-up efforts involving the City, property owners, insurers and contractors continue following last Friday’s fire that devastated two downtown buildings and affected a number of others. Safety of the public and preservation of the limestone building facades remain […]

Why save the Gummer Building?

We’ve all often heard the expression, “It’s cheaper to build new than it is to reconstruct.” That’s not true. I’ve always found that it’s much cheaper to use an existing structure. Now, doing so is more complicated, and you actually have to be a better builder to do that kind of work, but if you […]

Gummer Fire: Saving the facades

Following the Gummer Building fire of Friday April 6, 2007 the City of Guelph issued this press release. Also posted are the Guelph Building Department’s Press release and video clip of fire. Public safety, heritage preservation and continuity plans for businesses among immediate priorities in wake of downtown fire Following Friday’s fire that spread through […]

Idling Buses in the Square

Many people ask City Councillors and transit staff why does the City of Guelph allow buses to idle in St. George’s Square. It creates unnecessary noise and pollution and contributes to the carbon loading of our atmosphere. Here is staff’s response to this question: Engine manufacturers had traditionally recommended that diesel engines be allowed to idle for […]

Gummer History

A huge thank you to Chief Shawn Armstrong, Chief Rob Davis, City Officials and all the hard working men and women who worked tirelessly to save what could be saved of the historical facades. There are three buildings involved with the fire of April 6, 2007

Historic Gummer Building Badly Damaged

A suspicious fire broke out in the historic Gummer Building in Downtown Guelph on Friday April 6 at 2am. No injuries were reported although several business’s have received extensive damage.  Early estimates indicate that the fire has caused between $1 and $2 million in damage. Gummer Building Media Release Fire Department Media Release Gummer Pic 1 […]

For Whose Eyes Only? We say yours.

The City of Guelph Incentives Study was the final report by urbanMetrics, a Toronto based market, economic and strategic planning consulting firm. It was prepared for the Guelph Economic Development Department in December 2005 and has not been released to the public. Executive Summary highlights include a blueprint for the City to increase tax revenue […]