The Cockshutt Plow Company timekeepers’ building located at 66 Mohawk St. will keep on ticking after council voted 6-4 to save it on Monday night.
Once the Cockshutt office, located on the same property, is taken down, the timekeepers’ building will remain the lone bastion of Brantford’s industrial past at 66 Mohawk St., part of the Greenwich-Mohawk brownfield.
Council had originally decided to brace the front wall of the timekeepers’ building and take down the rest, but on Monday voted to put the $37,200 budgeted for that purpose toward repairing the roof and repointing exterior brickwork.
That work will effectively seal the building, but the budgeted funds are not enough to install a sprinkler system or other fire suppression measures, said planning director Matt Reniers.
“Sealing it off doesn’t make that building usable,” Reniers said. “There’s certainly a lot of work that has to be done.”
Since a suspicious fire that ripped through the Cockshutt office building on March 30, the city has paid $380 per day for around the clock security at 66 Mohawk St.
The decision to preserve the timekeepers’ building means security must also be maintained.