Oak Bay’s metropolis council held an emergency meeting to snarl fast safety tell after a developer started eradicating parts of a heritage wall in the Greater Victoria neighborhood.
The District of Oak Bay on southern Vancouver Island convened a rare emergency council meeting Thursday after a developer removed share of a historical 122-year-frail rock wall.
Workers from Summary Developments started eradicating parts of the rock wall surrounding its property at 1561 York Dwelling early Thursday morning, to the consternation of nearby neighbours in the suburb of Victoria.
The work resulted in Oak Bay Mayor Kevin Murdoch calling for an emergency council meeting the put council unanimously well-liked a 60-day fast safety tell for the wall.
The wall changed into once before all the pieces share of an property alongside side a one-and-one-half-storey wood bungalow in-built 1897 by Sir Charles Hibbert Tupper.
“It is far a acknowledged heritage asset,” Murdoch acknowledged. “Or no longer it’s one identified with particular significance for that apartment.”
Murdoch says council changed into once in the approach of inserting the apartment below a heritage safety thought to fetch definite any adjustments struggle thru a permitting path of and vetting by a commission.
“Taking down a extremely successfully acknowledged heritage asset steady to fetch to fetch it [before a] acknowledged path of for preserving heritage is in location changed into once no longer successfully told,” Murdoch says.
The property is made up our minds to be a single family dwelling.
In a press launch, the firm acknowledged it contacted every the Provincial Heritage Conservation Department, as successfully as their consulting archeological firm, Terra Archaeology, to fetch definite any work performed to alter the wall would no longer be in breach of provincial rules.
The firm says it stopped work after the tell changed into once issued.
In a press launch, Adam Cooper, Summary’s director of construction acknowledged he changed into once empathetic to the public’s interest in declaring the wall, but acknowledged he also wished to affirm the proprietor’s property rights sooner than the heritage designation came in.
The mayor says the heritage designation have not got this kind of detrimental function.
“At worst it will possibly possibly lengthen … by two or three weeks as an additional path of went on,” he acknowledged.
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