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Heritage building goes rental

A Royal Avenue heritage building will be converted into 10 studio suites and a parsonage instead of the previously planned six-unit condominium building.

Pastor Paul Reynolds of Emmanuel Pentecostal Church, who has previously converted historic New West buildings into market housing, is asking the city to allow turning the Telford Block at 845 Royal into a rental building to take advantage of new city incentives to create rental housing.

As part of housing and heritage agreements being proposed with the city to replace agreements done in 2009, Reynolds has committed to preserving the 10 studio units for rental accommodation for 60 years. The suites, Reynolds wrote to council, would be aimed at providing tenancy for international students attending nearby Douglas College.

Ownership of a three-bedroom unit would be retained by the church to serve as a parsonage for its full-time Korean minister, who would act as the building manager.

The Telford Block was built at the corner of Royal and 10th Street in 1913. According to a report to council, it is known for its Edwardian-era architecture and its facade appears to have changed little in the century since it was built. Reynolds intends to hold an open house for the neighbourhood and has asked to meet with the Brow of the Hill Residents’ Association before the application goes to public hearing.

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