May 02, 2016 - 11:30 AM
AGREEMENT WITH CITY WILL SEE HERITAGE BUILDING REPURPOSED
KELOWNA - St. Aidans church, a small heritage building in Rutland, should soon see new life under an adaptive reuse agreement with the Okanagan Buddhist Cultural Society.
Staff are recommending three parcels near Mugford and Rutland Road North be rezoned and consolidated, then sold to the society along with a memorandum of understanding about the church’s preservation.
Plans are to relocate the historic Anglican church, opened in 1933, to the centre of the consolidated site where it will be restored under a heritage revitalization agreement with the city. The society will build a new entranceway, church hall and develop the old church as a cultural centre.
Built by volunteer labour on donated land, the original church was designed by Enoch Mugford, superintendent of the Black Mountain Irrigation District and local developer Hector Maranda.
The city has been working to establish an arms-length heritage advisory committee which would operate under a contract to administer most heritage-related functions in Kelowna including delivering grants, public education and advocacy.
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