So this red building in the downtown core is going to be demolished. According to the local paper, the owners asked for and received a permit to demolish it after discovering extensive rot from water and termite damage. They were planning to restore the building and open it as a tea house but ran into these insurmountable issues... Funny thing is, Mom and I were looking at this house last summer and wondering if we could open a doggy bakery or other little shop here. The upper floor is where the owners could live and there's a yard. For some reason, after contacting the realtor, we never followed up... PHEW!!! What a disaster that would have been!!!
(Note the adorable critter clinging to the light pole? That's an escapee from Tim Murton's Twilight Zoo!)
Update, March 30th: The old red building is now entirely gone, there's a huge hole where it was once, and this is a visual of the building that soon will replace it: The Secret Garden Tea House!