The end of the line for the ca. 1882 Fortune Block appears to be near.
The city is currently in the process of transferring buildings from their old historic buildings inventory to the new List of Historical Resources created under the new heritage bylaw passed last year. Before the transfer is done, they inform the owner of the change and request their input.
This Thursday, October 15, 2015, the Historical Buildings and Resources Committee will be discussing the transfer of three buildings: the Fortune Block, the Merchants Hotel and Canadian Fairbanks-Morse Warehouse.
In his written submission to the committee, building owner George Landis indicated that he prefers that the building no longer have heritage status and that: "...the building is beyond repair and placing and impediment on demolition and redeveloping the site would be economically unfeasible and a disservice to the community.”
How the committee deals with the owner's request will be learned on Thursday at 3 pm at City Hall.