LETTER: North Shore's oldest building deserves better than 'deconstruction'

Dear Editor:

RE: Time ticking for North Shore's oldest building

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West Vancouver council and staff should be ashamed of themselves for deciding in secrecy to "deconstruct" (now that's a euphemism for demolish/destroy/eradicate/bulldoze) the Navvy Jack house.

Built in 1873, the Navvy Jack house is only eight years younger than the oldest structure in Vancouver, the Hastings Mill Store. What is particularly galling is after coincidentally exacting an additional $10 million in community amenity contributions from the Park Royal towers developers to override the previous council’s arduous decision on the height of the buildings, for a total $32 million in benefits, the district cannot find the $2.4 million to restore this unique, classic significantly historic Lower Mainland landmark. What a shame.

Rob Ellaway
West Vancouver

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