Help Pay Municipal Fees

Our primary purpose was to save the building. In 2010, Loyalist Township was moving to de-designate the property under the Ontario Heritage Act with the pretense it was in poor condition and heritage-designation was somehow obstructing the ability of the owner to make repairs. Located at the main intersection of the village, de-designation would likely have lead to its swift demolition. After purchasing the property, we opposed de-designation and set about to restore Ham House.

Beyond restoration of the building, our ambition is to demonstrate the cultural and economic value of early buildings by leveraging at least part of Ham House as a destination and successful business. Previously a residential triplex, Ham house is located at the main intersection of the Village of Bath on Lake Ontario, half way between Kingston and Prince Edward County. With a rational business model we have identified a pub/restaurant as an ideal re-purposing of the building, allowing the public to experience both the dramatic exterior and spectacular surviving store and residence within. This will catalyze commercial activity in the core of the old village and more importantly, could lead to the restoration of other War of 1812-era buildings still surviving in Bath.

Loyalist Township informed us that to make this transition from a triplex to a restaurant, the municipal fees would be $50,727.91. This is more than 35% of what we paid for the property and is on top of many development fees we have already paid. Through discussion we have had the fees reduced to about $25,000, more in-line with surrounding municipalities, but this is still a considerable amount of money considering the size of the project. As such, we have initiated a campaign to raise the municipal fees through crowd funding. If you believe in the importance of our built heritage and would like to see more vitality at the centre of Bath, please support our project at the following link. Even very small contribution are greatly appreciated: