1900s - The first house
was built at 9213 - 97 street.
1936 - The Rama family
moved into the house.
1948 - John and Bertha Rama replaced
the house with the home that now stands on the property.
1998 - The Rama's sold the house
to their granddaughter, Laureen Rama.
May, 2003 - Ms. Rama's lawyer approached
the City to see if they were interested in buying
the house. The City expressed interest verbally,
however one staff person said they were not sure
if they had the money for the purchase in the 2003
Summer, 2003 - Ms. Rama put the
home for sale on the open market due to the slow
process with the City.
October 17, 2003 - Michael Wild's
offer to purchase was accepted by Laureen Rama. This
activated the City's Right of First Refusal on the
property giving the City 30 days to match the Wild
November 14, 2003 - The City made
an offer on the property. Although the City's offer
matched the Wild offer financially, it did not match
the conditions. Most notably, the Wild offer had
a possession date of December 15, 2003 and the City's
offer had one of January 31, 2004.
November 17, 2003 - Ms. Rama's lawyer
informed the City that their offer did not match
the Wild offer.
- Since the 30 day period had expired without the City making a matching offer,
the Wild offer to purchase became a binding agreement with Ms. Rama.
November 18 - December 11, 2003 - The City sent threatening
letters to Ms. Rama's lawyer every few days trying to convince Ms. Rama to
break her legally binding agreement with Mr. Wild.
November 25 , 2003 - Ms. Rama's lawyer asked the City
to remove the caveat of First Right of Refusal from the title so the home
could be sold to Mr. Wild or Ms. Rama would have to take the City to court
to do so.
November 27 , 2003 - The City acknowledged the request
and removed the First Right of Refusal allowing the sale of the property
to Mr. Wild to proceed.
December 5, 2003 - The City sent a letter to Ms. Rama
stating that if she sold the house to Mr. Wild, they would expropriate
the property. This letter was forwarded to Mr. Wild.
December 15, 2003 - Mr. Wild took
possession of his new home.
December 15 - January 23, 2004 - Mr. Wild put his business
on hold and began renovating his new dream home.
January 23, 2004 - Edmonton Journal Reporter, Hanneke
Brooymans, phoned Mr. Wild asking if he would like to comment on the City's
plans to expropriate his house. In shock, Mr Wild agreed, he had not been
notified the City was going ahead with the process of expropriating the
property. Until this point, Mr. Wild viewed expropriation only as another
threat put forward by the City, a threat that he was advised the City was
very unlikely to be successful at completing because their case for the
need for expropriation was weak.
January 24, 2004 - The Edmonton Journal article title "Owner
fears losing ravine home to city's wrecking ball" was published. click
here to read
January 24, 2004 to present - Mr. Wild started to receive
an overwhelming response of support from neighbours, trail users and other
citizens of Edmonton. These people he had never met Mr. Wild before, people
concerned with their neighbourhoods; the City's inconsistent implementation
of their Ribbon of Green Policy; and the City's abuse of their power of
January 27, 2004 - Neighbour and long time advocate for
the Mill Creek Ravine area, Butch Nutter, had his letter to the Journal
titled "Residents provide round-the-clock security in ravine at no
cost to city" published. click
January 27, 2004 - Members of the City's Transportation
and Public Works Committee voted to recommend to Council to expropriate
his home so they could tear it down. Committee members are L. Langley,
Chair; D. Thiele, Vice-Chair; J. Batty and J. Melnychuk
2004 - City Council voted on the following motion:
That Administration be authorized to take all steps required by the Expropriation
Act in furtherance of the expropriation of a single-family residential
property described as Lot 2, Block 5, Plan 1820 AX, excepting thereout all
coal, standing in the name of Michael Wild and John Villanyi, as the registered
owners of an estate in fee simple in the Land Titles Office of the North Alberta
Land Registration District under Certificate of Title Number 032 503 308.
THE MOTION: B. Smith;
J. Batty, A. Bolstad, T. Cavanagh,
R. Hayter, L. Langley, S. Mandel,
J. Melnychuk, M. Phair, D. Thiele.
OPPOSED: B. Anderson, E. Gibbons, K. Leibovici.
2004 - The City served Michael
Wild Notice of Intention to Expropriate
citing the following reasons "to
eliminate safety issues relating
to the vehicular crossing of Mill
Creek Ravine trail and for the consolidation
with surrounding parkland and fulfillment
of the City's Ribbon of Green Principle
of establishing continuous river
May, 2004 - Wild's Lawyer,
Don Mallon, filed a Notice of Objection.
here to learn how you can
stop the City from demolishing
one of the most unique properties
in the City.