Maillardville’s historic Red House building will receive yet another reprieve.
The 101-year-old building will soon be stamped with a heritage designation and become the focal point of an 80-unit development near Brunette Avenue and Therrien and Begin streets.
Coquitlam council unanimously passed the first reading of a heritage revitalization agreement Monday, 14 months after the home almost burned to the ground.
“After it suffered the tragedy 14 months ago of a fire that virtually destroyed it, we’re so pleased that the fire department did what they did to be able to salvage the portions of it that have been salvaged,” said Mayor Richard Stewart.
Originally built in 1912, the Red House was first used as a barn for growing mushrooms before being converted for apartment use. Its original owner, Thomas Benjamin Allard, worked at the Fraser Mills site as a steamfitter before going on to serve as a city councillor.
As part of the heritage revitalization agreement, the site applicant, Matthew Cheng Architect Inc., will be tasked with preserving and rehabilitating the structure. The repair job entails a new roof and windows, replacing wood trim elements and salvaging other aspects of the building not lost in last year’s fire.
A focus will be placed on retaining the site’s original form and character during the reconstruction phase.
“When it comes to heritage and protecting the heritage buildings in Maillardville, I think this has the potential to be another win for us,” said Coun. Craig Hodge, chair of the city’s Maillardville commercial and cultural revitalization advisory committee.
The accompanying development will include two, four-storey apartment buildings with 66 units, and two townhouse buildings with 14 units. Three loading bays, 129 residential parking stalls, 19 visitor stalls and a series of bicycle parking stalls are also included in the development.
All of the vehicle parking will be located underground, with access to the parking area to be located on Begin Street.
It’s hoped that the heritage designation process will be completed before the winter, to allow for construction work to begin before any heavy snowfall.
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