By Dave Flaherty/The Oshawa Express
Oshawa’s heritage committee is taking steps toward painting a fuller picture of the history of two city locations.
At a special meeting in August, Heritage Oshawa members approved a resolution to pursue research reports on 117 King Street East, the Oshawa Clinic, and 705 Simcoe Street North.
These two were selected from an original list of 10 of the hundreds of properties on Heritage Oshawa’s inventory.
Other properties that were recommended to have research reports but aren’t moving forward at this time include the Children’s Arena at 155 Arena Street, and the McLaughlin Branch of the Oshawa Public Libraries at 65 Bagot Street.
Laura Thursby, chair of the Heritage Oshawa committee, says for the city to sufficiently protect its heritage, these reports are essential.
“We really only have a handful of research reports and the inventory is really growing. Whether there is a push for designation or to build a record of knowledge of the heritage spaces we have in Oshawa, sometimes we just don’t have the information we need,” Thursby says.
The average research report costs between $1,500 to $2,000.
“It’s a question of funding as well as resources – finding people to do these reports that aren’t charging thousands and thousands of dollars for a single report. That seems to be a challenge,” Thursby admits.