Historic Nicola Street house will move this weekend to make way for ambitious downtown development

Historic home's moving day

Work crews will arrive in Kamloops on Friday to begin moving a historic home that’s been standing in the 400-block of Nicola Street for 96 years.

The 1,200-square-foot house at 430 Nicola St. was built in 1925. It’s being moved to make way for City Gardens, an ambitious 500-home development aiming to transform a large portion of downtown Kamloops.

“We are very excited to see the process get underway,” said Kelly Fawcett, vice-president of Kelson Group, the company behind City Gardens.

“It’s exciting for our company that the right owner with the right location has come forward and decided to relocate a house. As the team from Nickel Bros. tells us, these old houses require a lot of work to move and an equal desire of the homeowner to invest time, money and effort into restoration efforts.”

City Gardens is slated to rise between Fourth and Fifth avenues from Battle Street to Nicola Street. Plans call for two high rises, 18 and 22 storeys tall, alongside other multifamily structures and commercial space.

Twenty historic downtown homes had to go to make way for the project. Kelson Group determined 12 of the homes were in a condition that would allow them to be moved.

The plan is for the house at 430 Nicola St. to be relocated to McLure. Nickel Bros., a structural moving company, is carrying out the complicated move. The company has been working with Kelson Group and will undertake any additional City Gardens house moves, should they be arranged.

According to local historian Andrew Yarmie, the Craftsman-style house at 430 Nicola St. was home to two consecutive families of CN Rail engineers between the 1920s and the 1950s. In 1958, it was purchased by the well-known Shoyama family, which owned Kamloops Bakery on Victoria Street.

Work in the 400-block of Nicola Street will begin on Friday and continue throughout the weekend.

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