The Mission Museum is in need of some repairs. / Kevin Mills Photo

Mission Museum needs some repairs

Council listens to list of issues with historic structure

The Mission Museum is in need of some repairs, but the cost is still a mystery.

Mission council has received a report that details some of the needed repairs. However, because it is a heritage building, some expertise is needed to determine what must be repaired and how much it will cost.

A staff report says the museum is one of the most significant heritage buildings in Mission. The building’s historical importance is evident in that it was protected by the Heritage Designation Bylaw in 1981.

Ken Bourdeau, manager of long-range planning and special projects, told council the report is “really meant to start a discussion for budgetary purposes on what sort of improvements should be made to the museum building and ultimately what is the long-term vision of the museum.”

Michelle Rhodes, chair of the Mission Community Heritage Commission, told council the museum is “one of the oldest commercial buildings still standing” and that it was built in 1907 on First Avenue.

The building was moved to its current location on Second Avenue in 1947.

“Most of the original features, if not 100 per cent maintained, have been replicated,” Rhodes said.

While many of the repairs are long-term concerns, Rhodes listed several short-term fixes that are also required, including water creeping in at various points, stained-glass windows in need of assessments, and a wasp nest needing to be removed.

As part of the 2018 capital budget, $35,000 has been allocated to undertake some repairs to the building.

Further information and costs will have to be evaluated and presented to council.

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