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Public hearing on rental unit plan for West End mansion

Last Updated Nov 13, 2017 at 9:04 am PST

Gabriola Mansion in 1901. Photo courtesy City of Vancouver archives
Summary

Plans for Gabriola Mansion are set to go to a public hearing on Tuesday

The mansion, which is nearly 120 years old, could be turned into rental units

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – A landmark mansion in Vancouver’s West End that has long sat vacant could be converted into rental units.

Plans for the 120-year-old Gabriola Mansion are set to go to a public hearing on Tuesday, but a heritage group has one concern.

The plan would see 16 units go into the building on Davie and Nicola Streets, the construction of four infill townhouses along the lane, and the restoration of heritage features.

It would also make sure you’d be able to use the space at least one day per year.

But Anne Guthrie-Warman with Heritage Vancouver says that’s not enough. She says initially, it was agreed that people in the community would have liberal access to parts of the site.

“For example, heritage organizations might be able to hold meetings there, events there, that kind of thing. And, that the citizens of the West End would be able to actually rent it and use that space.”

“When it went to the Heritage Commission, it was agreed that there would be liberal access to the heritage portion, under the heritage covenant, the heritage portion of the building, so that the West End residents etc. could use it.”

The public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday evening.