The saga continues for a fire-damaged heritage house in First Shaughnessy.

Work was about to begin just lately on the mansion at 3737 Angus Dr. that was considerably broken in a hearth final October. The fireplace was deemed an arson. Nevertheless, WorkSafeBC issued a cease work order aug. 24 following an inspection that decided the construction is an “speedy hazard to life and well being” and “may comprise hazardous materials(s), which may pose a well being threat to staff/individuals at or close to the office.”


“The owners retained us earlier this summer time to coordinate the in depth repairs and restoration work on the badly broken house, in accordance with the town’s heritage bylaws,” Troy Van Vliet, principal of Tavan Developments Ltd., stated in an e mail.

He stated that final week, shortly earlier than work was set to start, the corporate suggested WorkSafeBC of the work and invited investigators to examine the positioning for “attainable security concerns and considerations.”

In accordance with the inspection report, WorkSafeBC inspectors visited the positioning on Aug. 20 and 21. The cease work order was posted on the website at four p.m. on Aug. 24. The order contains the situation that work not proceed till a demolition plan is developed to handle the dangers and the plan is reviewed by WorkSafeBC.

3737 Angus Drive
WorkSafeBC Aug. 24 issued a cease work order earlier than work may start on the fire-damaged heritage house at 3737 Angus Dr. Photograph Jennifer Gauthier

A Metropolis of Vancouver spokesperson advised the Courier Monday that the town was not conscious of any work being carried out on the property as a result of there aren’t any allow functions on file for the handle.

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The house was broken in a suspicious hearth final October and because it’s within the Heritage Conservation Space it’s a protected heritage property and is topic to the Heritage Property Requirements and Upkeep bylaw. The town examined the house on Oct. 27, 2017, noting the roof was extensively broken however the decrease stage openings have been all boarded up and perimeter fencing and 24-hour safety was in place.

The town beforehand advised the Courier a structural engineer representing the property proprietor decided the constructing, which was assessed at $14.2 million as of July 1, 2017, might be salvaged following a website go to in late October — an evaluation that was supported by a metropolis district constructing inspector.

On Nov. 1, the town ordered the proprietor to put in a protecting masking over the constructing to attenuate climate and water harm.

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Since then, the homeowners, Miao Fei Pan and Wen Huan Yang, requested for extensions, stating that the extent and nature of the harm requires selective demolition of the broken sections, which would require extra time to finish to handle WorkSafeBC necessities on account of structural and materials hazards.

A protecting masking has but be put in.

Earlier this summer time, the town launched authorized motion in opposition to the homeowners.

In June, the Metropolis of Vancouver prosecutor’s workplace accredited expenses beneath the town’s Heritage Property Requirements of Upkeep Bylaw alleging that the homeowners didn’t restore and preserve all buildings, buildings and options on the property “to fairly stop or retard harm” and didn’t adjust to the unique order directing that the house be maintained to stop additional harm.

A conviction may end in a court-imposed effective of as much as $10,000, based on the town.

The town went a step additional final month submitting a petition in B.C. Supreme Court docket asking for a compulsory order forcing the homeowners to adjust to the bylaw and pay for the prices related to the proceedings.

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Inbuilt 1910, the home was designed by architects Samuel Maclure and Cecil Fox, and constructed by contractors Coffin and McLennan. 

An announcement of significance produced by heritage guide Elana Zysblat stated that the humanities and crafts-style house, referred to as the Frank W Rounsefell Residence, is essential for “the way it illustrates the institution of Shaughnessy Heights because the unique Vancouver neighbourhood developed by the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1907 between West 16th and King Edward Avenues, Arbutus and Oak Streets.”

Rounsefell was a rich businessman and group chief within the late 19th and early 20th century. The house can be related to Donald C. Cromie, who was writer and proprietor of the Vancouver Solar newspaper between 1942 and 1964. Cromie owned and lived in the home from 1955 to 1967.

Zysblat’s report notes that character-defining components of the home embody: its steady use as a single-family residence since 1911, its distinguished location on Angus Drive in First Shaughnessy, its rectangular, horizontal type within the arts-and-crafts model, and its giant backyard.

With information from Naoibh O’Connor




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