As you head south from the city of Peterborough along the Otonabee River, after you go under the Highway 115 overpass, you’ll notice a mansion on the east bank. From a distance, it looks like a pretty nice place, and before I knew the story of it, I figured it probably was. And I shouldn’t say you WILL notice, because after Tuesday, that little bit of land is going to look a LOT different.
The house I’m referring to, of course, is the Pammett Mansion on McNamara Road. Convicted drug dealer and biker Bob Pammett lived here from the early 90’s until 2008 when a police raid located roughly $300,000 worth of drugs and put Pammett behind bars. The house, with its numerous security measures like heavy metal doors, boarded up windows, large fences and surveillance systems, has sat vacant since then. In 2012, the federal government seized the mansion. In 2015, Pammett appealed to have his property returned, but lost the decision in court.
Last year, the City of Peterborough was able to purchase the 2.8 acre property from the crown for $100,000, and the plan was to redevelop it into a public space that can be enjoyed by everyone. The city will partner with the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (the mansion’s neighbours) to turn it into a public park, complete with interpretive trails, pollinator gardens and picnic and shade structures. If you want to know more, check out this report from CHEX NEWS’s Jesse Thomas.
Now if you’re like me, you’re probably kind of curious what the inside of the mansion looks like. Given that it’s been unoccupied for almost a decade, it’s in pretty decrepit shape. Holes cover the walls from that police raid, and as often happens with properties like this, people have trespassed and made their way in to explore, leaving damage of their own.
Of course I only know this thanks to an urban explorer who goes by DaaDeeOh. If you click that link to go to his YouTube channel, you’ll see that he’s got lots of videos of him exploring abandoned houses, mansions and other buildings.
Here’s the video he made while exploring the Pammett property:
Pretty cool stuff, but also pretty creepy. Also, DO NOT do this yourself. DaaDeeOh was trespassing, and if you’re caught doing the same, you’re likely to get in trouble with the law. Plus, if you’re in there on Tuesday when it gets demolished, you’re going to have a bad time.
You know, as nice as this mansion looked at one time (from a distance, at least), one might be disappointed that it will soon be no more. But as you learn of the legacy behind it, you realize that it’s associated with nothing but negativity for our city. And while your kids are out trick or treating, it will be razed to the ground to make way for a park that will positively enhance the lives of those kids for years to come.