Japanese Canadian citizens being transferred into waiting trucks outside Hope Station House. Photograph courtesy of the Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre.

Public hearing will see 123 letters in support of saving Hope’s historic train station

Hearing set for May 10 to help council decide on future of Hope's Station House

Hundreds of submissions will be read into record at a public hearing that could decide the fate of the Hope Station House.

The hearing will start at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 10, and will be available for the public to watch and participate in via the internet. The future of the 100-plus year old building has been the talk of the town for months now, as the District of Hope works toward removing it from the land it sits on. That land is not owned by the District, and they’ve been given a timeline to have it moved.

While the District hopes to demolish the building, there is a sizeable group of people in Hope and beyond that want to see it preserved and moved to a new site.

The District was moving ahead with demolition, and ready to repeal a historical designation bylaw for the building, when they made the decision to hold a public hearing regarding the bylaw amendment.

There have now been 123 letters against repealing the bylaw, and 38 in favour. The agenda for the hearing was so large it was split into two documents, available on the District’s website.

The letters run the gamut from appeals from heritage proponents across the country, to colouring pages from children.

There are also several letters that ask for a six-month stay while a permanent home for the building can be found.

For more coverage on the meeting, watch this website. Because of the public hearing, the regular District of Hope council meeting will be held at 6 p.m. May 10.

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