Delta council approved for $15,839 to be released from the city’s Heritage Conservation Fund during their Jan. 10 meeting to go towards repainting the exterior of the “Wilson Residence” and the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church.
The fund, which was created in 2018, is available for heritage building owners in Delta to apply for grants to repair and maintain their buildings. Up to 50 per cent of the owners’ estimated costs can be covered by these grants, to a maximum of $30,000.
“It’s great to see the fund being used. Of course, that was the purpose of establishing it, and it’s great to see these applications come forward,” said Coun. Dylan Kruger.
The Wilson Residence, which is a craftsman-style home at 4585 Arthur Drive, will receive $9,883, so long as their heritage assessment and consequent placement on the Delta Municipal Heritage Register is successful. The applicant must also meet the conditions of the Heritage Conservation Fund Administration policy.
Their grant will go towards repainting the exterior of the building, reads a staff report from Delta’s Community Planning & Development department.
And as for the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, which sits at 11040 River Road, the applicant will receive $5,956 from the city to repaint and repair the exterior of the already-registered heritage building, subject to the owners meeting the aforementioned policy’s conditions.
“The Trinity Lutheran Church was constructed circa 1909 and was the symbolic heart of the early Norwegian fishing community in North Delta. The church is clad in white, lapped, wood siding and has double-hung wooden sash windows,” reads a Delta staff report. “While the owners intend to paint the church white, which is not one of the pre-approved heritage colours, it is reflective of the historic and current colour of the church.”
With these grants removed from the Heritage Conservation Fund’s previously accumulated $438,100 in the Heritage Conservation Fund, it will now sit at $422,261.