MAGIC: Her­itage

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“That’s a beau­ti­ful her­itage build­ing down­town. This Ma­sonic hall was once the Methodist church. It’s built of beau­ti­ful yel­low brick, which was pro­duced in Fernie at the time,” ex­plains Gi­u­liano. “We’re re­ally happy to see they kept the fa­cade the way it was.”

Other down­town her­itage build­ing re­de­vel­op­ments in­clude the $3-mil­lion im­prove­ment of the Hamil­ton Build­ing, which hosts a tea and cof­fee house. The Loaf Build­ing, which holds a bak­ery and restau­rant, is be­ing ex­panded by an ad­di­tion.

“We en­cour­age a mix,” says Gi­u­liano. “We re­ally like the idea of hav­ing our her­itage build­ings be­ing brought up to the stan­dard that they used to be — and even im­proved.”

Im­prove­ments in the city it­self in­clude an $800,000 up­grade of the soc­cer field, along with drilling for a new wa­ter source to sup­ple­ment spring wa­ter from Fairy Creek.

“We have just spent a lot of money to build a new boat launch in Dog­wood Park that goes onto the Elk River. It’s so much bet­ter than the small one we had be­fore,” says Gi­u­liano.

There are also ex­pan­sion plans.

“We’re work­ing with the re­gional dis­trict and the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment to in­clude West Fernie into Fernie, and that could hap­pen next year,” says Gi­u­liani. “We’re also work­ing to in­crease our bound­ary to the north to in­clude some com­mer­cial prop­er­ties be­cause we need some land for an in­dus­trial park.”

MVisit our web­site un­der the head­ing, ‘Rec Prop­er­ties,’ for more pho­tos and sto­ries.

The lat­est im­prove­ment was ev­i­denced on the streets of town this sum­mer — a peo­ple­friendly change that nev­er­the­less had faced an up­hill bat­tle in its bid for ap­proval by city coun­cil.

“This year, we had out­door pa­tios. Loss of park­ing was the only com­plaint I had,” says Gi­u­liano. “I told them, ‘When you see how the pa­tios look — when they get the flow­ers, the fur­ni­ture and the um­brel­las — and they’re full of peo­ple, you’re go­ing to ap­pre­ci­ate how vi­brant Fernie looks.’ That’s ex­actly what hap­pened.”

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