Yorkville residents win their fight against a “neighbourhood destroying” heritage coach house

Yorkville residents win their fight against a “neighbourhood destroying” heritage coach house

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A group of what the Star describes as “two dozen” Yorkville residents has succeeded at preventing a businessman named Robert Hiscox from moving a heritage coach house into their neighbourhood. The 1889 structure currently stands on Isabella Street, and is scheduled to be demolished in the fall to make way for a new Casey House Foundation HIV/AIDS treatment facility. It had been offered for free to anyone willing to move it away. On Wednesday, the cadre of Yorkvillians, concerned that allowing Hiscox to install the coach house behind a house he already owns in the area would disrupt the character of the street, successfully lobbied the city’s committee of adjustment to deny him the necessary permissions. In stopping the scheme, the committee has spared from demolition the site’s current occupant: a three-car garage.