UPDATED: Kerr remnant to be saved

What little remains of the Kerr Apartment may be incorporated in a new building on the site or otherwise saved.

This is all that remains of Kerr's Apartments. It may be used as part of a new structure.

What little remains of the Kerr Apartment may be incorporated in a new building on the site or otherwise saved.

“Unfortunately the building has been structurally damaged beyond repair,” owner Armand Olender said in an email.

“Collapse of roof, interior walls and most of the floors has left the granite walls in unstable condition, bringing them at risk of toppling, in the event of high wind or small earthquakes.”

Olender says he insisted upon reviewing the feasibility of keeping the front facade with the date stone and arch and integrating it into future construction.

“I hope that the structural soundness will allow the Victoria Street facade to remain,” he said.

Olender didn’t indicate exactly what he has planned for the site. No development permit has been issued.

Fire chief Simon Grypma says although it was initially thought the granite walls of the burned-out building might be preserved, those hopes were dashed once the back wall was taken down.

During demolition, it was discovered the old mortar was disintegrating. Some stones were cut, but others were just held in place with mortar.

“It’s not like you could use them to build a square wall,” he says.

“It would be a piece-together puzzle. It’s difficult in today’s environment because of the labour intensity of that kind of construction.”

Although Grypma says everyone involved was well aware they were dealing with a heritage building, “unfortunately due to the type of construction, the nature of the materials and the new code requirements, it was virtually impossible to reuse as we originally hoped.”

Most of the building was torn down over the weekend.

The Kerr, built in 1911, was on the city’s heritage register, but not a municipally designated heritage building which would have required a special permit to demolish.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Lost dog swims Columbia River multiple times searching for home

The dog was missing from his Castlegar home for three days.

Traffic finally eases along Arrow Lakes ferry routes

Motorists were stuck for up to six hours in ferry lineups over the weekend

Nelson climbers raise racism awareness with video

Tula and Tosh Sherkat and Rossland director Liam Barnes collaborated on the video

Horrifying video shows near head-on collision on Trans Canada

The video was captured on dash cam along Highway 1

Fraser Valley woman complains of violent RCMP takedown during wellness check

Mounties respond that she was not co-operating during Mental Health Act apprehension

B.C. sees 12 new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths

Three outbreaks exist in health-care settings

COVID-19: B.C. promotes video-activated services card

Mobile app allows easier video identity verification

ICBC to resume road tests in July with priority for rebookings, health-care workers

Tests have been on hold for four months due to COVID-19

Would you take a COVID-19 vaccine? Poll suggests most Canadians say yes

75 per cent of Canadians would agree to take a novel coronavirus vaccine

Budget officer pegs cost of basic income as calls for it grow due to COVID-19

Planned federal spending to date on pandemic-related aid now tops about $174 billion

Sexologist likens face mask debate to condom debate: What can we learn from it?

Society’s approach to condom usage since the 1980s can be applied to face masks today, one expert says

Most Read