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    Mr. Jones in a letter addressed to the City Clerk made the following submission:
    "I have?

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    Background: Mr. Jones in a letter addressed to the City Clerk made the following submission:
    "I have been instructed to invoke your good offices in seeking the approval in principle of the Toronto City Council to the siting, during the British Week, of the City of London Pavilion on the strip of land opposite Nathan Phillips Square which it is understood is shortly to be offered for sale to potential developers.

    The Pavilion, which is of two storeys, is 28 feet high. Its overall outside diameter is 56 feet, narrowing at the base - which is circular - to 36 feet. A photograph of the skeleton of a model of the Pavilion is enclosed. The roof incorporates 12 plastic panels which are zipped together.

    The upper storey will contain a 10 foot diameter model of the City of London animated in light and sound. The ground floor will contain models, slide projection units and animated displays illustrating the City's institutions. There is an emergency, battery-operated lighting scheme built into the structure.

    It is understood that the Pavilion has to stand of a firm base, but it is unnecessary for concrete footings to be bedded into the ground. Architectural drawings are available if required.

    To allow time for setting up and taking down, the site will be required for approximately 5 weeks commencing 25 September, 1967 or thereabouts. Any necessary preparation and making good of the land will of course be carried out by the contractors employed by the City of London. Should you require further information, please let me know. Needless to say, it is understood that if provisional permission is granted, it will be necessary in due course to satisfy the appropriate authorities regarding the safety, etc., of the structure."
    I approached the Commissioner of Development who advised me as follows, in letter dated November 23rd:-
    "I write with reference to your letter of October 20th and apologize for the delay in replying.

    It is unlikely in the present circumstances that the site will be required for a developer prior to the early fall of 1967 and in the circumstances I have no objection to this proposal, as far as I am concerned. Any change in these circumstances is very unlikely, however, I think it advisable that any agreement for the use of the site at this time should be subject to any unforeseen change which may occur."
    There would appear to be no insurmountable difficulty in meeting the request, subject to conformity with any requirements of the Commissioner of Buildings and all costs being met by the applicants.

    This would appear to be a very interesting proposal and conditionally on the final details being satisfactory, I would suggest concurrence therein. May I be authorized to co-operate.

    Having regard for the nature of this exhibition, it might be advisable to have an agreement prepared by the City Solicitor covering the exhibition which would provide for public liability insurance coverage and other clauses that may be deemed necessary by your official.

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