Four owners opposed to heritage register

Twenty more locations chosen for the Salmon Arm Community Heritage Register, but four would rather not be included.

  • Nov. 23, 2011 8:00 a.m.

Twenty more locations have been chosen for addition to the Salmon Arm Community Heritage Register, four of which would rather not be included.

Coun. Alan Harrison, council’s representative on the heritage commission, explained to the Monday planning meeting that in February 2010, 15 properties were included in the first phase of the register.

Council will be making a decision on the 20 proposed sites at its Nov. 28 meeting following a public input session starting at 7 p.m.

Harrison explained that the heritage register is different from a heritage designation.

With the heritage register, if an owner decides to demolish or move their house, when they come to the front counter of city hall for a permit, staff would tell them they need council’s permission. The request would then go to the next meeting of council where the owner and any community member would have an opportunity to speak. Then council would make a decision.

“For the most part it’s a negotiation between the owner of the house and council,” Harrison said. “If council says to the owner of the house, we don’t want you to demolish it, council could say we would like to help you move it to Haney Park. It wouldn’t just be council saying no you can’t do it.”

The 20 properties are: •Masonic Lodge No. 52 at 270 Alexander ST. NE; •Drummond House, 250-8th St. NE; •Buckell House, 6491 Okanagan Ave. NE; •Wood House, 490-10th Ave. SE; •Salmon Arm Elementary, 451 Shuswap St. SW; •Fairgrounds on Third Street  SW and 5th and 10th Avenues SW; •Schultis House, 1670 10th St. SW; •Sinclair House, 1620 Lakeshore Rd. NE; •Hillcrest Manor, 551-21st St. SE; •Gorse House, 931 Old Auto Rd.; •Duxbury House, 91 First St. SE; •Jimmy Day House, 51 First St. SE; •Reader House, 230 Shuswap St.; •Robinson House, 401-20th St. SE; •Leech House, 1890-20th Ave. NE; •R J Haney Heritage House, 751 Hwy. 97B NE; •CPR Railway Station, 331 Lakeshore Dr. NE; •Salmar Classic Theatre, 360 Alexander St. NE; •Turner House, 2351 Lakeshore Rd. NE and •J. Ellis Wood House, 691-8th Ave. NE. City staff clarified that the fall fair designation applies to the use of the land, not the buildings. The four properties opposed to inclusion are: the CPR station, the Salmar Classic, the Turner House and the J. Ellis Wood House.

Both Couns. Kevin Flynn and Debbie Cannon voted against including the four in the register, although Flynn and Mayor Marty Bootsma said they don’t support the CPR getting off the list.

Regarding the school, Flynn said: “The question is going to be, are we going to put future restrictions on what the school district can do after chasing away investors four years ago?”


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