Re: New West to consider Queen’s Park butcher shop’s expansion proposal, Record News
Late last year, a public hearing supported several properties being removed from Queen's Park Heritage Conservation Area protection.
(The property at) 404 Second St. should seek the same variance - it is a long-neglected property in a great location. To add to its boxy appearance with a sign on the roof seems less than imaginative.
The property owner should be encouraged to maximize their commercial space on this lot and embrace a more attractive structure in keeping with or promoting a more pleasing heritage-style structure.
To preserve the current look is just not necessary. Had the commercial use of this site been more successful, it would have been updated and improved over the decades. It makes no sense to preserve the current appearance when it could be developed to attract the neighbourhood it strives to serve.
If you are ever in Lynn Valley check out the "End of the Line General Store." That is what we should be doing to honour the tram's end of the line here in Queen's Park.
Ron Zapp, New Westminster