Red Cross building put up for sale for $ 1.95 million
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The home of the Brantford branch of the Canadian Red Cross is on sale for $ 1.95 million.
But the Red Cross remains in Brantford and will continue to operate its three core programs, including meals on wheels, said Shane Johnston, senior director of operations for the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Canadian Red Cross.
“It’s a tall, beautiful building and has been our home in Brantford for decades,” Johnston said of the 25 William Street building. “But it’s way too big for us now and we’re looking for a space that will better meet our needs. In Brantford.
In addition to meals on wheels, the Red Cross will continue to operate its transport and emergency relief programs from his new home which is yet to be determined, Johnston said.
The transportation program helps residents get to their out of town medical appointments. The Emergency Relief Program provides assistance to people affected by disasters, such as fires and floods.
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Meals On Wheels volunteer drivers deliver low-cost meals to seniors in their homes.
The Red Cross also delivered groceries to those who could not do their shopping during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Brantford Red Cross, in partnership with the Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire, initiated Canada’s first meals-on-wheels program from the William Street building in 1963. Typically, approximately 270 meals are delivered within a week. In its first year, the program’s volunteers delivered 12 meals per week.
Johnston estimated that at one point, up to 50 people were working in the 669 square meter (7,200 square feet) building. Home care and senior programs were once offered by the Red Cross.
But, as the number of programs offered by the Red Cross dwindled locally, so did the staffing levels. There are now six employees working in the building.
The building sits on a half acre (0.19 hectare) property on William Street and Church Street. An elevator was added in 1990 and the building is air conditioned.
There are 25 parking spaces on site.
According to the Brantford Heritage Inventory, the building was originally known as Lawfield and its original owner was James Kerr Osborne of the company later known as Massey-Ferguson. The house was also owned by AD Clement, the postmaster, in 1894, and Arthur Bixel, of the Bixel Brewing and Malting Co., from 1901 to 1910.
Quoting a Brantford Expositor article from April 5, 1890, the house has been described as “one of the prettiest and best located residences in town … the house is built of red brick without any close adherence to a style of particular architecture.
“The design is quite modern and pleasant, with the easy and flowing roof lines aiding the exterior beauty in a very material way.”