Tottenham's 103-year-old decommissioned water tower has been granted an
opportunity to remain standing at least through September while
potential funding sources are scoured to save it.
Ward 8 councillor Chris Ross, who two weeks ago moved the motion to
demolish it, last night asked for the additional time in light of a
backlash from Tottenham residents who consider the tower "iconic" and a
heritage piece of their landscape.
The RJ Burnside review of the near 100 ft high structure, concluded the
repairs required are at the base connections and localized replacement
of other deteriorated structural components. Cost estimates the
painting process to run at least $250,000; structural repairs, $70k;
electrical, $16k; fencing, $10.5k; tree removal, $10k; engineering
services, $37.5k. With contingencies and taxes, the project cost rings
in at $512k.
The previous council decision to demolish it was based on the full
costing of half million dollars.