Vancouver’s west end loses a heritage property

WATCH (above): Another piece of Vancouver’s heritage is disappearing along with 18 large trees on the property to make way for a parking garage for a new high-end condo. Darlene Heidemann reports.

Some residents of Vancouver’s west end are upset an old house and several trees are coming down to make way for a parkade and high-rise condo development.

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The 115-year-old Legg House in the 1200-block of Harwood Street is set for demolition, which is expected to take place over the next few weeks. The area is being cleared for a 17-storey tower designed by Bing Thom.

Neighbors attempted to preserve the heritage home and one of the historic Tulip trees but the community was faced with a choice – to either keep one tree or the home. After a lengthy negotiation, the residents chose to save the tree.

“It’s really unfortunate to see the loss of a heritage building,” Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson said.

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“The city’s worked really hard at putting a new heritage program in place but the neighbourhood was very clear they wanted to see the tree saved. And that means development on the rest of the site; which is respecting the neighbourhood’s wishes.”

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