Council cuts a break for new owners of heritage building
Summerland council gave a helping hand to the new owners of Lakeside Presbyterian Church, a heritage building in Lower Town.
Council unanimously approved the development variance permit application to not require vehicle parking and loading spaces when there is a change in use to an existing building.
“The use of the property is being changed from a place of worship, triggering this regulation,” director of development services Dean Strachan said.
Due to the size and positioning of the heritage building on the site, there are no areas where parking or loading could be developed without removal of a portion or all of the building, Strachan explained.
“We are thankful to the proponents for buying this property and bringing it back to life,” said Coun. Doug Holmes.
New owners Karen Halliday and Jen Weaton took possession of the heritage building in mid-July.
They plan to open it as The Service Station at Lakeside Church upon completion of renovations.
“We want to open it back up to the community. We’re going to give it a new life,” Halliday has been quoted as saying.
Halliday and Weaton anticipate holding a variety of activities such as art exhibits, concerts and yoga classes.
They also plan to have dance classes and programs for children.
Originally the Lakeside Baptist Church, the facility was constructed in 1910.
Over the years the building has been owned by the United Church, served as the Summerland Regional Library and purchased and restored by the Summerland Masonic Lodge.
In 1991, it was sold to the Presbyterian Church.
Of particular note is the large oak pipe organ, purchased in 1926 and built by Edward Lye and Sons of Toronto.
The building is on Summerland’s community heritage register.