Eau Claire Smoke­stack one step closer to de-des­ig­na­tion

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The Eau Claire Smoke­stack is inch­ing closer to a new site, af­ter a coun­cil com­mit­tee voted in favour of de-des­ig­nat­ing it to move the his­tor­i­cally pro­tected re­source 15 me­tres.

The smoke­stack in Eau Claire was built in the 1940s and marked the Cal­gary Tran­sit garage. It was first mu­nic­i­pally des­ig­nated in 2008 and now, nearly 10 years later, it may be de-des­ig­nated.

Coun. Gian-Carlo Carra thinks the city ac­tu­ally did good work, in hand with the de­vel­oper and the her­itage ini­tia­tive, “bang­ing the drum” to stand up for the smoke­stack.

“I’m not at all con­vinced this sets a prece­dent be­yond the prob­lem­atic, prin­ci­ple-based de­ci­sion that you are de-pro­tect­ing some­thing that you’ve pro­tected,” said Carra.

“I don’t think it opens up the barn door be­cause the where­withal, the will­ing­ness, the abil­ity to tackle this, es­pe­cially with a project (of this scale), I’m re­luc­tantly will­ing to sup­port this.”

The mo­tion to de-des­ig­nate and move the smoke­stack was ap­proved unan­i­mously at the com­mit­tee level, de­spite sev­eral voices of op­po­si­tion from the her­itage com­mu­nity.

The pro­posal by the de­vel­oper would move the smoke­stack in one piece and pay the city (on top of the mov­ing cost) $300,000, which will be put into the City of Cal­gary His­toric Re­source Con­ser­va­tion Grant Pro­gram.

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