CORPORATION OF THE CITY OF NEW WESTMINSTER

COMMUNITY HERITAGE COMMISSION

November 03, 1999 – 4:30 p.m.

Committee Room #2

MINUTES

PRESENT: 

Councillor Jerry Dobrovolny
Councillor Casey Cook
Councillor Charmaine Murray
Marlene Blair
Calvin Donnelly
Steve Norman
Ross Morris
Roger Nottingham
Dorothy Williams

REGRETS:

Derrick Thornhill
Ron Clancy, City Librarian

STAFF:

Leslie Gilbert, Senior Planner
Doreen Pysar, Committee Secretary

 

ADDITIONS TO AGENDA

None

ADOPTION OF MINUTES

1.      Regular Meeting of September 08, 1999

MOVED, SECONDED AND CARRIED

THAT the Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Community Heritage Commission held September 08, 1999 be adopted.

DELEGATIONS

1.      Doug Thomas and Robin Koehle re: proposed exterior alterations to 229 Ninth Street, preliminary discussion of options

The owners of 229 Ninth Street (the Josiah S. Russell House) attended the meeting to explore preliminary options to redevelop the property.  They had not prepared plans of their proposed alteration for Commission review.  At present, the house consists of two floors and a basement, which is primarily a crawl space.  The owners live on the main floor, and intend to replace the external staircase to second floor and return the house to single family occupancy.  They would like to pour a concrete foundation and include full height basement.  This would involve raising the house by a few feet and installing windows to afford light into the basement.  There is a grade problem at the rear of the house.

The owners asked the Commission for guidance on exterior design elements.

The Commission suggested:

·        that ideas could probably be obtained by examining the restoration of 327 Fifth Street;

·        that, when constructing the basement, the owners dig down so that the basement is situated below datum and that they use window wells to afford light into the basement;

·        that cinder blocks be used on the lower grade of the front façade (423 Eighth Street may have blocks available as it is being relocated);

·        that the owner contact the Heritage Preservation Society to obtain further design advice and historical information on the residence.

1.      Susan Stratis, Project Planner (UMA) re: Waterfront Park and Coal House, presentation and follow-up discussion

With the use of preliminary design drawings, Susan Stratis of UMA provided a detailed overview of current plans for the Fraserview Park.  Fill will be used to create a series of natural habitat areas adjacent to pedestrian and bike pathways.  It is anticipated that the park design will be completed by January, 2000.

The park could include one new dock and float for public moorage. A foot passenger ferry is being considered, similar to the Granville Island ferry.  Vehicular access to the area will be limited. There will be limited parking breaking into smaller pods under the SkyTrain guideway (4-5 for public and 4 for fishermen plus some handicapped spaces).  Additional parking may also be provided outside of the park at the signalized pedestrian crossing. 

The Coal House Building is located adjacent to the Fraser River and downhill from the Penitentiary.  It is a single storey structure approximately 80 feet long and 40 feet wide. The walls are approximately 1.5 feet thick and there appears to be problems with the internal lining of concrete.   The exterior of the walls are covered with a stucco type material.  Consultants are currently preparing a structural assessment of the building.

The Coal House Building could be a focus for the waterfront park.  The building would be brought up to code and rendered functional, but the amount of funding available is modest.  The consultant stressed that it was up to the City of New Westminster and the GVRD to determine uses for the Coal House. 

The purpose of the presentation was to provide some background for the waterfront park project and to seek assistance from the Heritage Commission in discussing the heritage merit of and potential uses for the Coal House Building.  A sub-committee consisting of Archie Miller, Roger Nottingham, Marlene Blair and Ross Morris agreed to meet with the consultant and reconvene when the engineering structural report was available.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

1.      Memo re Street Naming for Thompson’s Landing

No further input was received from the Queensborough Ratepayers’ Association regarding further suggestions for street names for Thompson’s Landing.

MOVED/SECONDED AND CARRIED

THAT Francois Street and Annance Street (Local Historical Figures) be recommended to Council as street names for the Thompson’s Landing development.

MOVED/SECONDED AND CARRIED

THAT Crane Park and Jensen Park  be recommended to Council as names for the two pocket parks located within the Thompson’s Landing development.

2.      Update on Municipal Heritage Designation, verbal report by Senior Planner

Bylaws for the municipal heritage designation of 321 Queens Avenue and 725 Queens Avenue were adopted by Council on September 13, 1999. Staff will liaise with the owners to organize designation ceremonies for late November early December.

The bylaw to designate 131 Eighth Street (Galbraith House) as a heritage site has also been adopted by Council.  Arrangements for High Tea along with a heritage designation ceremony is being organized by the Enterprise Facilitator in cooperation with Planning Department staff.

Correspondence has been forwarded to the Chamber of Commerce regarding the heritage designation of the Mill House.

REPORTS

1.      Filming Co-ordinator Position, verbal update by Senior Planner

The Filming Co-ordinator position was recently filled by Colleen Gould, who is a Queen’s Park resident and has a background in the film industry. This six month contract position is with the Strategic Services Department.

NEW BUSINESS

1.      Vancouver Heritage Foundation:  First Annual Heritage Antiques Fair, November 13-14, 1999 at the Seaforth Armoury

Information was circulated advising the members of the Commission of the Heritage Antique Fair held Nov. 13 and 14, 1999.

CORRESPONDENCE AND INFORMATION ITEMS

1.      “Nova Scotia’s Sales Tax rebate program for Heritage property owners” Heritage Magazine, Fall 1999

MOVED, SECONDED AND CARRIED

THAT the correspondence be received.

NEXT MEETING

At the call of the Chair.

ADJOURNMENT

            ON MOTION, the meeting adjourned at 5:45 p.m.

Certified Correct,

CHAIR

 

SECRETARY

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