I too have an opinion on what should be done about the building on the Cooper site.
It’s not a beautiful building but the Grand Trunk Railway and CNR locomotive repair industry played a major role in Stratford for 90 years, employing thousands of people who spent their whole working lives in it.
Total demolition down to a commemorative plaque would eliminate an important connection with this city’s vibrant history.
Therefore to respect this souvenir of character would be to keep the most solid part of it and demolish the rest. Then, over time, that part could be restored or sold to a company committed to restoring it as it’s certainly a prime downtown location.
A plaque would still be appropriate referring to the building’s seminal history.