Diocese negotiates with city to preserve building

St. James Mission of Christ Church Cathedral School was built in 1939. Photo: Contributed
St. James Mission of Christ Church Cathedral School was built in 1939. Photo: Contributed
Published September 29, 2014

The Anglican diocese of British Columbia is in discussions with the City of Victoria with the aim of preserving the building that houses the St. James Mission of Christ Church Cathedral School, said Peter Daniel, asset manager for the diocese.

The diocese’s plans to sell property in Victoria met with resistance from some people in the community who want to preserve the existing building, which was built as a Sunday school in 1939 and has been used as a pre-school for many years.

In September, Victoria News reported that city councillor Pamela Madoff was opposing the diocese’s application for a demolition permit and that the application was of concern to local groups such as the Hallmark Heritage Society.

“The building is unreinforced masonry and requires seismic upgrade. The costs of upgrades are not justified, given the value of the property,” Daniel told the Anglican Journal in an interview. He added that a new safe site has been found for the pre-school, which is operated by Christ Church Cathedral School.

The property was placed on the heritage registry by the City of Victoria in 1994, he added. “This was done without the knowledge or consent of the diocese.”

The property is currently zoned for two single-family or duplex homes, and the present building straddles these two lots, Daniel explained.

“The City of Victoria has approached the diocese to request consideration of rezoning of the property. This is in order to preserve the existing building with a bonus density for additional residential development,” he said, adding that he could not offer further details while discussions were ongoing.




  • Leigh Anne Williams

    Leigh Anne Williams joined the Anglican Journal in 2008 as a part-time staff writer. She also works as the Canadian correspondent for Publishers Weekly, a New York-based trade magazine for the book publishing. Prior to this, Williams worked as a reporter for the Canadian bureau of TIME Magazine, news editor of Quill & Quire, and a copy editor at The Halifax Herald, The Globe and Mail and The Bay Street Bull.

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