Old DND home in Esquimalt placed on surplus list

Property has deep Esquimalt roots, heritage advocate says

Esquimalt resident and heritage advocate Jack Bates stands near a 115-year-old heritage building on Anson Street that he’s trying to convince DND to save.

Some Esquimalt residents are hoping a last-minute push will save the home of a former prominent politician from the chopping block at CFB Esquimalt.

Located on federal property at 316 Anson St. near Macaulay Point is the former home of John Jardine, who represented Esquimalt in the Provincial Assembly from 1907 to 1912.

It underwent a heritage review by Parks Canada in April after it was identified by the Department of National Defense as surplus inventory.

“It’s potentially going to come down in a couple of weeks,” said Jack Bates, Esquimalt resident and heritage advocate.

Although the federal review does include information on the home’s heritage value from the Esquimalt Archives and former heritage advisory committee chair Liz Dill, the township’s residents should have been given more opportunity to voice their concerns, Bates said.

The federal review used a scorecard to rank the Anson Street home on aesthetic and material design, historical significance and other factors. It concluded the building did not meet the threshold for heritage status. “Some of the references are incorrect and I’m appealing to the base commander to review it again,” Bates said.

The home was most recently used as a child care facility for DND staff, but its condition is considered beyond economical repair, base commander Capt. Bob Auchterlonie said in a letter to the heritage committee.

Mayor Barb Desjardins said she has arranged to meet with Auchterlonie to discuss the fate of the building, but pointed out Esquimalt has no jurisdiction over the matter.

“That being said, we work together and the key is to have good communication with the base. So I have let the heritage committee know that I will take that forward as a concern to the base commander,” she said.

dpalmer@vicnews.com

Just Posted

Garden suites coming soon to Saanich

Work is underway to legalize purpose-built detached garden suite rentals

West Shore RCMP catches driver going 50 kilometres over speed limit

Driver caught on Veterans Memorial Parkway between Sooke and Kelly Roads

Saanich Gulf-Islands’s Elizabeth May coy about leadership plans

The federal Green party leader talks possibility of running as MP without being leader

VicPD officer used siren, emergency lights to get kids to school: OPCC report

Annual misconduct report includes VicPD former chief Frank Elsner and other officers

Central Saanich top cop acknowledges mistake that led to knife in hospital

Officer in question ‘accepted full responsibility and apologized’

Scheer says Canada more divided than ever, as NDP and Bloc hold cards close

While Liberals were shut out of two key prairie provinces, they took two-thirds of the seats in Ontario

POLL: Are you satisfied with the result of the federal election?

The ballots have now been counted and the dust has settled on… Continue reading

Horvat’s hat trick lifts Canucks to 5-2 win over Red Wings

First career three-goal game for Vancouver captain

Runners brave wet, windy weather for Ucluelet’s 20th Edge to Edge

“The spirit of the runners I have nothing but compliments.”

Estheticians can’t be forced to wax male genitals, B.C. tribunal rules

Langley transgender woman Jessica Yaniv was ordered to pay three salon owners $2,000 each

Two youth arrested in UBC carjacking at gunpoint, after being spotted in stolen Kia

‘A great deal of credit is due the alert person who called us,’ said North Vancouver Sgt. Peter DeVries

Open house for Royal Beach tonight

The third open house to gather public input on Royal Beach takes… Continue reading

People’s Party of Canada’s anti-immigration views ‘didn’t resonate’ with voters: prof

Party was formed on anti-immigration, climate denying views in 2018

Windstorm knocks out power for 10,000 in north and central B.C.

Power slowly being restored, BC Hydro says

Most Read