Coun­cil cuts a break for new own­ers of her­itage build­ing

Penticton Herald - - FRONT PAGE - By SU­SAN McIVER

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.

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