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Toronto City approves request from Sherman family to demolish Toronto home

The City of Toronto has approved a request from the family of Barry and Honey Sherman to demolish the home where billionaire philanthropists were killed.

Michelle Siu/For The Globe and Mail

The City of Toronto has approved a request from the family of Barry and Honey Sherman to demolish the home where billionaire philanthropists were killed.

The family had submitted an application to city authorities last month saying the two-storey mansion where the pharmaceutical magnate and his wife were killed had bad memories and a stigma attached to it.

The letter, written by an unnamed agent on the family’s behalf, said the home had stood vacant since the couple’s bodies were found dead beside the house pool in December 2017, and no one would buy the residence.

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A community council tasked with reviewing the family’s request approved it at a meeting Tuesday morning, saying the house can be demolished on condition that construction fences go up around the property if necessary and the lot is cleaned and resodded afterwards.

The family’s letter says they intend to put the lot up for sale once the house is gone.

The Shermans’ double homicide remains unsolved, and police have not provided any substantial updates on the case in more than a year.

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