February 2,  2000 – 4:30 p.m.

Committee Room #2



Councillor Chuck Puchmayr, Chair
Councillor Jerry Dobrovolny
Councillor Bob Osterman
Marlene Blair
Carol Cheremkora
Ross Morris
Roger Nottingham
Lynn Radbourne
Ron Clancy, City Librarian
Jacqueline O’Donnell, Manager, Irving House




Jack Bass

Leslie Gilbert, Senior Planner
Doreen Pysar, Committee Secretary


1.      Mr. Dick Stoeckley, President, Southern Railway of B.C., Ltd. On the historic rail line in New Westminster

Ken Doiron, Director Marketing & Sales of Southern Railway of British Columbia Limited made a presentation on the history of the BC Rail trackage and discussion followed on potential of the track for tourist purposes.  Information was circulated on the chronology of the rail system from 1897 to present, including the history of the BC Electric Railway Company, as compiled by Henry Ewert.

At present, there are 70 miles of track in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley. Southern Railway, which employs 150 employees, has a head office on Riverside Drive in New Westminster.  Their rail line primarily carries automobiles through Queensborough to Annacis Island and carries other commodities from the Fraser Dock and Fletcher Challenge in Surrey.  The track terminates at Chilliwack.

Bob Osterman arrived at 4:45 p.m.

Southern Rail has a strong commitment to the City of New Westminster and wish to be involved in developing a downtown historic railway.  The present rail track is in good condition.  Mr. Doiron offered to assist the City with any estimates and would like to meet for further discussions.


Mr. Doiron also suggested that the City promote its three historic  paddlewheelers and link them with the Discovery Centre.

2.      Mr. Ted Mason, Design Guidelines for 549 Columbia Street (Federal Building)

As an information item, Ted Mason updated the members of the Commission on the design guidelines for 549 Columbia Street (Federal Building). Guidelines were distributed in the agenda package.  Commission members were advised that a Request For Proposals from developers was in process.

The proposal would involve using two floors at the back of the building facing Clarkson and Sixth Streets as the police facility, leaving the Columbia Street frontage free for retail space at grade.  This concept could provide economic stimulation of the area and the adaptable re-use of an important heritage building on Columbia Street.

With an area of 100,000 sq. ft., the building is double the size of what is required for the police department.  The new facility for the Police Department envisages 48,000 sq. ft based on a five year staffing plan. The City would prefer a private developer to purchase the building, renovate it to the city’s standards, sell a portion to the city and lease out the remaining portion of the building. The goal would be to also obtain viable retail space on Columbia Street.

It was suggested that the redevelopment of the exterior of the building be in keeping with its existing Moderne architectural style.

3.      Mr. Jerry Dobrovolny, proposed exterior alterations to municipally designated property at 121 St. Patrick Street

Jerry Dobrovolny, owner of 121 St. Patrick Street circulated copies of photos of the present dwelling and the intended alteration.  It is proposed that a double door and overhead transom window be installed at the rear of the building replacing the single door.  This alteration would provide more light into the kitchen.  All wood finishings and paint trim would be consistent with existing. 

As this is a heritage designated house, Council approval is required.

Councillor Dobrovolny left the meeting at 5:35 p.m., declaring a potential conflict of interest as he is the owner of this property.


THAT the Commission supports the application for exterior alterations to include the replacement of a single door to a double door and an overhead transom  window at the rear of the house at 121 St. Patrick’s Street

Councillor Dobrovolny returned to the meeting at 5:40 p.m.


1.      Distribution of Photos of the Annual Heritage Canada Conference, St. John’s, Newfoundland, October 21 – 24, 1999

Photos were circulated to members of the Commission by the Senior Planner taken while attending the Annual Heritage Canada Conference in St. John’s, Newfoundland, October 21 – 24, 1999


1.      Regular Meeting of January 5, 2000

The Minutes of the January 5th Community Heritage Commission were reviewed and the wording of Item 1 was changed to read:  That the Commission supports the application to rezone 436 Second Street to RS-6 zoning.


THAT the Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Community Heritage Commission held January 5, 2000 be adopted as amended.


1.      Street Naming for Thompson’s Landing, verbal update by Planner

At the November 29, 1999 Committee of the Whole Meeting, the recommendation to approve the street naming of the Thompson’s Landing Development, which included Francois Street and Annance Street as street names, was referred back to staff for further clarification.  Council’s concern was that the two street names pertained to only one person. 

The members of the sub-committee which include Ross Morris, Marlene Blair, Roger Nottingham and Archie Miller have met and are continuing to discuss other options.

2.      Planning for Heritage Week (February 21 – 28, 2000), verbal update by Planner

Staff advised the Commission of the progress to date.  Correspondence has been forwarded to 100 organizations requesting sponsorship for the Heritage Awards.  Information for the contests has been distributed to the elementary and secondary schools.  An advertisement has been placed in the two local newspapers promoting Heritage Week activities.  Members of the Commission were asked to volunteer for assembling the poster and judging the contests.  Marlene Blair and Ron Clancy offered to assist.  Awards presentation is scheduled for the February 28, 2000 Regular Council meeting.

3.      Updated Community Heritage Commission Membership List, 2000

An updated list of membership list of the Community Heritage Commission was circulated.


1.      Invitation to Heritage Designation Ceremony, Saturday, February 26, 2000

Members of the Commission were invited to the Heritage Designation Ceremony on February 26, in the form of a house tour, commencing at 2:00 p.m. at 321 Queens Avenue, following by 725 Queen’s Avenue and ending up at the Galbraith House at 131 Eighth Street, where High Tea would be served.


1.                  Letter to Margo Barton, re:  332 Keary Street.

2.                  Letter to Andrew and Elizabeth Baron, re: 436 Second Street.

3.                  New  Westminster Historical Society Newsletter, November 1999.

4.                  Workshop “Preserving Wooden Structures”  SFU at Harbour Centre, Friday, March 17, 2000.

5.                  Heritage Canada, Winter 2000 article “Edmonton’s New Market Value Assessments”.

6.                  Heritage Canada, Winter 2000 article, “The Railway Car That Built Canada”.


THAT the correspondence be received.

Correspondence relating to Items 1 and 2 will be sent with the Chair’s signature.


Wednesday, March  1, 2000 – Committee Room #2


            ON MOTION, the meeting adjourned at 5:45 p.m. to proceed to a Closed Meeting.

Certified Correct,





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