A century-old heritage school house in Kitsilano that could be facing the wrecking ball will live to see another day, at least for now.
Provincially appointed Vancouver School Trustee Diane Turner had been set to make a decision on the future of the so-called “little yellow schoolhouse” Wednesday evening, but has deferred the decision.
VSB Communications coordinator David Connop Price says the delay was made after hearing from proponents and opponents of saving the building.
“The committee heard from seven groups. The heritage groups spoke in favour of retaining the building and the parent advisory council spoke in favour of demolition as did the Vancouver District School Council.”
He adds that Turner wants to hear from the heritage committee before making a decision about the building.
The 1912 Arts and Crafts-style structure sits on the grounds of the recently rebuilt General Gordon Elementary School, and despite its age is not on the city’s heritage register.
VSB staff are proposing the building be torn down to make room for playground space and to widen a nearby laneway, and argues the building is in poor shape and would require a significant investment to make usable.
Last spring heritage advocates and the board wrestled with the same issue, eventually crafting a tentative agreement to move the building, so long as the building’s defenders could scrape together the cash to do the job.
The school board at the time estimated the price tag for the job to be between $100,000-$200,000.
That plan was never brought to fruition.
No timeline has been set for a meeting between Turner and the Heritage Committee.
With files from Kyle Benning