CORPORATION OF THE CITY OF NEW WESTMINSTER

Community Heritage Commission

February 3, 1999 – 4:30 P.M., Committee Room No. 2, City hall

MINUTES

PRESENT:

Councillor Jerry Dobrovolny, Chair
Councillor Charmaine Murray
Marlene Blair
Eric Langstroth
Ross Morris
Roger Nottingham
Dorothy Williams

ADVISOR:

Archie Miller                        -   City Curator

ABSENT: 

Councillor Casey Cook
Calvin Donnelly
Derrick Thornhill
Ron Clancy                       -    City Librarian

STAFF: 

Leslie Gilbert                      -     Planner
Doreen Pysar                     -     Secretary

Additions To Agenda

     

New Business - Delegations

1. Mark Wittig re:  RS-6 rezoning application for 1016 7th Avenue
2. Ron & Marie Jang re:  Phase II of Galbraith House Heritage Revitalization Agreement
Delegations
1.

Ms. M. Marchand re: exterior alterations to 121 Third Avenue, New Westminster

Melanie Marchand of Spacewright Architects reviewed photoboards on the proposed exterior alterations to 121 Third  Avenue, a c. 1897 wood frame house known as the Rev. White House.  The owners propose to raise the house and pour a new concrete foundation, creating a secondary suite in the basement area, for relatives.  The rear portion of the house, which was added onto in the 1910’s or 1920’s, will be demolished and a new addition will be created.  The addition would be as wide as the current house, not as long as the current addition and partly two story.  The proposed total area of the dwelling, including the basement, will be 3,300 sq. ft., resulting in a 0.34 floor space ratio, well below the maximum for the RS-1 Zoning District  The proposed changes to the building will not require any variances. 

The front facade will not be changed, except for the addition of a window to afford light into a basement bedroom.  Another window will be added on the west side of the building and the owners intend to use a salvaged wood window from about the same era as the house.  The exterior siding would be removed and 4” beveled wooden siding with trim boards and some decorative shingles would be installed.  The building would be painted in a deep blue with cream trim and dark red accent, selected from a heritage paint colour palette.  The owners also propose to extend the higher roof portion for a subtle change to the entrance and the existing post will be retained.  As the property backs onto Emery Street; parking is from the lane. 

Commission members spoke enthusiastically about the proposal.  A letter will be forwarded to the owners conveying the Commission’s appreciation of and encouragement for the proposed renovation of the Rev. White House.  One member commented on the need to build additions that maintain the existing appearance of a building by blending rather than trying to achieve a separate look.  Staff will also follow up by contacting the architect to discuss this matter.

2.

1016  7th Avenue

Mark Wittig, owner and contractor, presented proposed plans to enlarge and revitalize 1016 7th Avenue, the Thomas Hood House (c. 1891).  The house was featured in the 1994 Heritage Home Tour.  Mr. Wittig distributed handouts describing his proposed project.  The renovation includes plans to raise the house three feet and install a full basement.  The area to be added would measure approximately 900 sq. ft.   A 3 foot height variance would thereby be required.  As the total area of the house would be pushed over the allowable FSR for the NR-1 Zoning District, the applicant is wishing to rezone to the RS-6 Zoning District.  Although the house is not listed on the Heritage Resource Inventory, it meets eligibility criteria.  There will be no changes upstairs.  The stucco will be replaced with cedar shingle siding and the front will be finished with classic butt cedar shingles;  the window will be retained with a new wood window for the front and new vinyl window for the side basement windows.  The landscaping includes a large pine tree in the back yard and other existing front trees. Parking is at the front of house.  The porch will remain the same, except with the addition of a few more steps due to the increased building height.

The Commission supports the rezoning application and commented on the quality of heritage details proposed for the building exterior.  The applicant will be advised that this revitalization project is a welcome addition and will be an example to others of what can be achieved.

3.

Galbraith House – 131 – 8th Street

Owners Ron & Marie Jang reported on the progress to date of Phase I and also plans for Phase II of the Heritage Revitalization Agreement for the Galbraith House.  They distributed photos of the work to date on the new roof and rear addition, showing various areas of the house that have been opened up. The owners are attempting to retain as much of the interior wood as possible – working in hallway and ceiling in Dining Room.  They removed the basement mural in one piece to preserve it from moisture.  Much of the rear of house disintegrated and had dropped and the mural lifted off as one full piece.  There was evidence of the two fires in the house; one on the north addition and the front hall has some charred panel.  They will lift up front of house and replace some beams.  The addition provided an area to install the fire escape and sprinklers.  A code consultant was retained and an analysis has been completed.  There is evidence of light mustard, red and green coloured paint from scrapings and the owners asked the Commission for input regarding the selection of the exterior paint colour.  Areas that were previously removed in past renovations will be recreated from photos (e.g. a bay window on the north side) as well as using the ghost lines on the walls and ceilings to replicate the proportions and sizes.   Deteriorated materials and features will be repaired rather than removed and replaced if possible.  The owners are spraying the wood with a fungus killer throughout the building to prevent the spread of rot.  They are also saving all of the original swatches of wallpaper.  The owners feel that the house is stabilized now and are thankful that it withstood the wind and rain storms earlier this season.

Phase II involves the revitalization of the building.  The owners are about 8 weeks from drywall stage.  They hope to be included on the 20th Anniversary Heritage Home Tour the end of May.

Archie Miller queried whether the house would be named Westminster House since it was called that in the 1940’s when it served as a military canteen.  This could be in conflict as there is a community facility two blocks away with that name.  There was a strong desire to retain the name Galbraith House.  Archie Miller will assist in the pursuit of further background information on the residence.  There appears to be an international interest in the residence.

Discussion by Commission included that the Jang family should be commended on the tremendous amount of work to date on the restoration of the Galbraith House.  The Chairman requested that some type of acknowledgement should be made at the March 1 Heritage Week Awards for the outstanding job to date.  Staff will follow up.

Adoption Of Minutes
1. January 13, 1999
 

MOVED, SECONDED and CARRIED

THAT the Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Community Heritage Commission held January 13, 1999 be adopted as circulated.

Unfinished Business
1. Revised 1999 Community Heritage Commission Meeting Dates
  A revised 1999 schedule of meeting dates for the Community Heritage Commission was circulated.
2. Planner’s verbal update on the proposed salvage program
 

At the last Commission meeting, it was recommended that Lauren Prentiss, member of the Vancouver Community Heritage Commission and President of the Vancouver Heritage Foundation, be invited to meet with the Commission to discuss Vancouver’s salvage program and its progress.  Since much of the coordination will involve the New Westminster Heritage Preservation Society, it was suggested that the Society be approached to determine their interest, a working group be set up and Ms. Prentiss be invited to attend that working session.

            MOVED, SECONDED and CARRIED this Committee recommends:

THAT a Task Force consisting of Roger Nottingham, Marlene Blair, Ross Morris and Eric Langstroth, and also Ted Lightfoot and Steve Norman of the Heritage Preservation Society arrange a meeting with Lauren Prentiss to discuss the salvage program.  

3. Planner’s verbal update on Heritage Week
 

Heritage Week has officially been proclaimed February 15 – 21, 1999.  The three contests will include: the Heritage Colouring Contest, the Heritage Design Contest and the Heritage Poetry Writing Contest. The theme for this year’s colouring contest is “Heritage - The New and the Old”.  The sketch is of 403/405 St. George Street, the subject of the City’s first Heritage Revitalization Agreement.  Winners will be announced at the March 1, 1999 Regular Council Meeting.  The ad has been placed in the local newspapers, information has been distributed to all elementary school, the Secondary School and Douglas College, and letters to sponsors have also been mailed out. 

Marlene Blair suggested that a poet laureate of New Westminster be appointed each year based on the poetry that is submitted during Heritage Week, and who would be requested to submit special poetry for special civic events. 

It was agreed by the Commission that a poet laureate could be announced depending upon the caliber of poetry.  It was further suggested not to select one person formally, but make it a Council decision.

The members of the Commission were invited to participate in the March 1st presentation.

Archie Miller distributed a package outlining events at Irving House Historic Centre during Heritage Week.

4. The New Westminster Heritage Preservation Society’s resolution respecting Heritage Revitalization Agreements, with attachments
 

The Notice of Motions from the Heritage Preservation Society of New Westminster were circulated and discussed.  Comments on the motions had also been received from Gerry McGeough, City of Vancouver, Alastair Kerr  and the City Solicitor.

1.       THAT the property owner must agree to have their property designated as a condition for receiving an Heritage Revitalization Agreement.

            MOVED, SECONDED and CARRIED

THAT this Commission recommends to Council that the property owner must agree to have their property designated as a condition for receiving an Heritage Revitalization Agreement.

2.       THAT no Heritage Revitalization Agreement be considered that involves the substantial demolition of a heritage structure.

            MOVED, SECONDED and CARRIED

THAT this Commission recommends that no Heritage Revitalization Agreement be considered that involves the substantial demolition of a heritage structure and that the goal of the HRA is to ensure that the parts of the property or building that have been identified as having heritage value are adequately protected.

3.       THAT as part of any Heritage Revitalization Agreement application the applicant provide a comprehensive financial analysis of the property owners ability to finance the project; and financial incentives accrued to the applicant as a benefit of receiving an heritage Revitalization Agreement.

            MOVED, SECONDED and CARRIED

THAT this Commission recommends that as part of any Heritage Revitalization Agreement application the applicant provide a financial analysis of the property owners ability to finance the project, and financial incentives accrued to the applicant as a benefit of receiving an Heritage Revitalization Agreement.

Community Heritage Commission revision: (Delete the word “comprehensive” as the comprehensiveness of an analysis will vary from project to project.)

4.                   THAT any project that does not meet non-negotiable conditions and expectations will not be considered for further action.

Community Heritage Commission Response:  Delete this item as it is already being done.

5.       THAT the designation will occur before any substantive work begins on an Heritage Revitalization Agreement property.

            MOVED, SECONDED and CARRIED

THAT this Commission recommends that the designation and Heritage Revitalization Agreement be processed together such that the Public Hearing for each coincides.

6.       THAT in addition to what is already required to be presented to the Community Heritage Commission, the applicant also provide a financial outline of the conservation plan; a plan outlining the nature and extent of building restoration; a plan outlining the timing and phasing of restoration; a plan outlining the conservation principles and guidelines that will be followed; and statements pertaining to the ongoing maintenance of the property.

            MOVED, SECONDED and CARRIED

THAT this Commission  recommends that in addition to what is already required to be presented to the Community Heritage Commission, the applicant also provide a financial outline of the conservation plan; a plan outlining the nature and extent of building rehabilitate; a plan outlining the timing and phasing of rehabilitate; a plan outlining the conservation principles and guidelines that will be followed; and statements pertaining to the ongoing maintenance of the property comprehensive financial analysis..

7.       THAT the City of New Westminster explore the present mandate and terms of reference towards the goal of developing a more expanded and comprehensive role of the community Heritage Commission in negotiating Heritage Revitalization Agreements.

            MOVED, SECONDED and CARRIED

THAT this Commission recommends that support as a policy that all Heritage Revitalization Agreements come before the Community Heritage Commission before Public Hearings for review and comment.

Leslie Gilbert will revise the Director of Planning’s draft report for presentation to Council; (including Preservation Society Recommendations as well as comments from Alastair Kerr and Gerry McGeough).

New Business
1. Demolition Permit Application for 839 Fourteenth Street, review of sub-committee evaluation
 

A report requesting that the application to demolish 839 Fourteenth Street be referred to the Heritage Commission was forwarded to Council.  This residence is not listed on the City’s Heritage Resource Inventory.

            MOVED, SECONDED and CARRIED this Committee recommends: 

THAT there is no objection to issuance of the demolition permit at 839 Fourteenth Street, but that there is concern of the design of the new residence and it was agreed that the design suggestions of M. Pynenburg be forwarded for their consideration.

Dorothy Williams left the meeting at 6:35 p.m.
1. Information on Code Consultants for heritage buildings
  Received as information
2. Microfiche of historical houses in New Westminster, c. 1973-74
 

A list of photographs of approx. 350 residences was circulated with the agenda for the purpose of discussing an appropriate method to inform the public.  Suggestions included: newspaper ad, mail out to the addresses, inclusion in Preservation Society newsletter.

Following discussion, it was agreed that the microfiche of the approximate 350 residences  be referred to Archie Miller, Irving House and should be included in the City’s archives.  This info will be scanned and placed in binders for public viewing.

A report will be forwarded to Council for information.

Correspondence
1. New Westminster Historical Society Newsletter, January 1999
2. Workshop: "The Economics of Heritage Restoration" February 26, 1999, SFU at Harbour Centre
  MOVED, SECONDED and CARRIED this Committee recommends: 

           THAT the correspondence be received.

Next Meeting
1. Wednesday, March 3, 1999 at 4:30 p.m. in Committee Room No. 2 at City Hall. 
Adjournment
  ON MOTION, the meeting adjourned at 6:40 p.m.

 

Certified Correct,

                                               CHAIR     

 

                                   SECRETARY

/DP


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