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Heritage status for church

A heritage designation is about to be bestowed on a Kelowna church.

City council will be asked Monday to bestow the designation on the building commonly known as St. Aidan's Church on Mugford Road in Rutland.

The building is listed on the Municipal Heritage Register, which offers limited protection.

Protection under a Heritage Designation Bylaw would ensure additional long-term protection for the building.

The church was built as St. Aidan's Anglican Church in 1933, and is valued as a symbol of importance of the Anglican Church to the rural community of Rutland in the day.

The building, as it sits, is within the Mugford Road widening road right-of-way and preservation in its original location is not feasible, according to a staff report.

The proposal is to relocate the church building more centrally on the property. It will sit on a new foundation with a full basement to provide additional space.

The city has since transferred ownership of the building to the Okanagan Buddhist Cultural Centre.



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