Boston Bar is currently seeking proposals for a unique development opportunity in the community.
The Fraser Valley Regional District has agreed to sell the two historic “highline houses” with the land for a $1 to a buyer with the right plan to restore the buildings.
“We’re paying insurance on those buildings as they stand there for years doing nothing and they’re deteriorating,” said area director Lloyd Forman.
“If there’s no interest in going ahead, then we’ll have to clear the lot. It will be too bad to sort of wipe out that last bit of history.”
Originally, eight houses were built between 1900 and 1913 by the Canadian Pacific Railway to house the railway employees and their families. The two remaining homes were built in a style complimentary to each other and the architectural design is rare to find.
“For the community, we’re getting the heritage left there which is a great draw,” said Forman, adding that taxpayers will also save on bulldozing and insurance costs.
“Because (a buyer) can get them for a $1, I believe it becomes viable.”
Ownership of the houses and land will be transferred to the buyer upon completion of the restoration work, which will have to meet heritage standards. A mutually agreed time frame will also be set in advance.
“It’s a win-win situation,” said long-time Boston Bar resident Howard Johnson.
“The restoration of these homes is important to the community, and we are always excited to welcome any new resident who wants to call the Fraser Canyon their home.”
For more information, contact Riley Forman at 604-869-6048 or email firstname.lastname@example.org