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Throwback: What's in store for Massey's Machine Shop site?

It’s brimming with history but the old building on Chisholm Street has sat vacant for many years.

It’s a fading piece of history that’s been vacant for many years at Ladner Harbour.

The old building that for many years housed Massey’s Machine Shop now sits in an overgrown patch of land still waiting for a new use.

Best known for spearheading the effort to get a new tunnel constructed to connect Delta and Richmond, George Massey purchased property on the waterfront at Chisholm Street to set up a small shipyard and repair shop.

It was called Massey's Machine Shop and it serviced the local gillnetter fleet.

He also purchased the adjacent property to the east which was formerly owned by Len Kirkland of Delta Freight Lines.

He created a marine railway out of the old ferry landing to help haul boats up to 60 feet in length out of the water for repair.

Massey, who later served as an MLA, died at the age of 60 in 1964.

The business would be taken over by his son Doug before eventually changing hands. It relocated but closed for good in 2013.

The old wood building has had a for sale sign on it for a while.

Priced at $2.8 million, the listing for 4911 and 4915 Chisholm St. is described as a 6,967-square-foot development opportunity with the ability to secure a long-term provincial water lot lease.

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