The City of Coquitlam has made efforts to save more than 200 years worth of civic history in two weeks.
On Wednesday, the city announced plans to acquire the Booth Farm property on Brunette Avenue, in a move that will both preserve the site and lay the groundwork for future restoration.
“Our city enjoys a rich and unique past, which is especially evident throughout Maillardville — Coquitlam’s most historic neighbourhood,” said Mayor Richard Stewart.
“It is our responsibility as a council to ensure that we preserve and celebrate that history. I’m very pleased that the most recent owners shared that sentiment and have worked with us.”
Wednesday’s move comes one week after the city gave a heritage designation status to the Red House property, which is located nearby.
Under that agreement, the restored property will become the focal point of an 80-unit development near Brunette Avenue and Therrien and Begin streets.
In both cases, the focus is on retaining the site’s original form and character.
“Our goal is to continue to grow and revitalize Maillardville’s vibrancy and diversity as a neighbourhood,” said Coun. Craig Hodge, chair of the Maillardville commercial and cultural revitalization committee.
“Preserving Maillardville’s cultural identity through the safeguarding of heritage buildings and properties is an important component to our strategy for future growth of the neighbourhood.”
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