Group wants demolition rescinded

The Cranbrook Heritage Association is asking council to rescind the demolition order on the old brick building behind city hall.

A delegation from the Cranbrook Heritage Association was in city council on May 26 to ask council to rescind the demolition order on the old brick building behind city hall.

Last year, council decided to postpone the demolition to allow the group time to fundraise to preserve it, but the order stands.

“We believe that this building will become a key element in the city’s plan to revitalize downtown and repurpose the area around city hall,” said Karen Crawford, president of the association.

She showed old photos of heritage buildings that no longer exist in Cranbrook, such as the old post office building.

“A past council decided to tear it down and it was lost on June 29, 1971,” she said.

The clock faces and mechanisms later became the clock tower on Baker Street.

“Our heritage structures are not easily replaced,” she said. “They hold memories — a link to where we came from.”

Council received the information and will decide on removing the order in a future meeting.