District of West Vancouver staff is recommending the removal of 4170 Rose Crescent from the Community Heritage Register to allow the property owner to demolish the existing house.
The property owner has, over the last 6-7 years, actively explored heritage retention options for the site and has acted in good faith in doing so, district staff told council.
On June 9, 2016, the owners applied to subdivide the site, which includes an existing house that was built in 1958 and was designed by Ron Thom.
The house is identified as a “secondary building” on The West Vancouver Survey of Significant Architecture 1945- 1975, although it wasn’t included in the Community Heritage Register at that time.
Staff worked with the property owners to consider retention with a temporary use permit.
When the permit was approved, the owners were contemplating heritage conservation options and tried to sell the property to a buyer who would be interested in pursuing a heritage revitalization agreement.
The house also won the district’s Heritage Achievement Award in 2009.
The property owners have now told the district they would like to demolish the existing house to sell the two existing parcels.
They have also requested that the property be removed from the Community Heritage Register so they can apply for a demolition permit.
Staff are satisfied that they have acted in good faith to heritage protection options, and are recommending that the it be removed from the Community Heritage Register.
The decision on the staff recommendation will be made by the council today.