Eyesores and responsibility

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We are writing in response to Daniel MacEachern’s article in the Dec. 6 edition of The Telegram regarding the condo development planned for the former Tulk’s Glass & Key Shop building on LeMarchant Road.

Developer Gary Reardon, in response to concerns raised by area residents, is quoted as having said the site will look better than the “eyesore” the building was previously, either as a gas station or “a half-closed-up glass and lock store.”

As the previous owners of the “eyesore” that previously housed the “half-closed-up glass and lock store,” we take great offense to Mr. Reardon’s comments.

Tulk’s Glass & Key Shop has operated a successful, respected business in this city for 40 years, 12 of which were spent on LeMarchant Road.

During that time, the building was always well maintained. Exterior paint was refreshed on a frequent basis, the stone wall on the Lime Street side was refurbished and painted, the parking lot was well maintained, the grass was trimmed and graffiti was quickly addressed. How exactly is that an “eyesore”?

In 2011, Tulk’s Glass & Key Shop accepted an offer to purchase our building on LeMarchant Road. In preparation for our impending move, we immediately sought out and secured our new location at 142 Pennywell Rd.

In accordance with the original

offer to purchase, we vacated our LeMarchant Road property in October of 2011 and opened our new location on Pennywell Road. Through no fault of ours, transfer of ownership did not occur for seven months following our relocation, but building maintenance did not fall to wrack and ruin during that time frame.

Tulk’s Glass & Key Shop ceased to own the LeMarchant Road property as of May 2012, but we chose to leave the Tulk’s Glass & Key signage and phone number on the building so customers unaware of our relocation could easily contact us and inquire as to our new address.

Had we known the building would sit abandoned and deteriorating for 15 months, resulting in the “eyesore” it became, we certainly would never have left our signage in place and our name associated with the building.

Mr. Reardon, if the property on LeMarchant Road became an “eyesore,” it was under your ownership, not ours, and we resent your implication that our company is a “half-closed-up glass and lock store.” Tulk’s Glass & Key Shop is very much open, just as it has been for the past 40 years, just as it will be for the foreseeable future.

Joe Tulk

Roger Tulk

Lisa Tulk

Tulk’s Glass & Key Shop Ltd.

Organizations: Glass Key Shop

Geographic location: LeMarchant Road, Lime Street, Pennywell Road

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  • A customer
    December 13, 2013 - 09:14

    As a customer of Tulk's Glass & Key Shop, I felt that I should lend my support to this business. At no time when I went to this establishment did I feel it was an eyesore or poorly maintained. It is shameful that the present condition of the building on Lemarchant road is being attributed to the former owner.

    • Lisa Tulk
      December 13, 2013 - 11:55

      Thank you very much for your kind words and your support. We are proud of our business and strive to present it in the best light possible. Mr. Reardon did call us this morning after reading the letter and has apologized for the comment. We understand his frustration with the entire process and accept his apology. Kind regards, Lisa Tulk

  • J
    December 13, 2013 - 08:27

    I just went onto google street view and the building in questions looks well kept and the parking lot is tidy.

    • Lisa Tulk
      December 13, 2013 - 11:58

      Thank you very much. We were extremely proud of the building when our father/father in law purchased the building in 1999 and we'd like to think our father/father in law was proud of the building we sold in 2011. Kind regards, Lisa Tulk

  • Anna
    December 13, 2013 - 07:43

    Well done, the Tulk family. I did frequent your business when it was on LeMarchant and did not at any time find it an eyesore and Mr. Reardon should apologize for saying that. It seems lately the when businesses are sold they are left for a year and then when a proposed development hits City Hall the rational for approving it is well it's better than what is there.

    • Lisa Tulk
      December 13, 2013 - 12:02

      Thank you very much for your support, it is very much appreciated. We are pleased to say that Mr. Reardon called us this morning and did indeed apologize for his comments. Kind regards, Lisa Tulk