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Former Lund Fire Station unsuitable for use by the Lund Community Society

The Qathet Regional District Board will consider a recommendation that the former Lund Fire Station is not suitable for the purposes of the Lund Community Society.

The Qathet Regional District Board will consider a recommendation that the former Lund Fire Station is not suitable for the purposes of the Lund Community Society.

At the June 16 Committee of the Whole meeting, trustees reviewed a staff report that described an engineering study that had been conducted on the former fire hall on Larson Road. At the regional council meeting on 24 February, staff were instructed to carry out an assessment of the former Lund fire station building to advise on the safety and integrity of the structure, and that staff be tasked with engaging with the Lund community on the future of the Old Lund Fire Station and returning to the Board with recommendations.

Electoral Area A director and chairman Patrick Brabazon said the news would be a disappointment to many people in Lund, but after reading the engineering report he thinks the building should be sentenced.

Electoral Area E Director Andrew Fall said he was sad to read the report.

“It doesn’t make anyone happy, but it looks like there’s potential for the building to be salvaged,” Fall said. “It’s unfortunate, but I hope something can be saved. It seems like even the foundation isn’t that good for something, so maybe something better or more fitting could be produced for less.

“Learning now is better than sinking money and getting stuck in a situation where you’re going to pay more for something that’s not as good as new.

Electoral Area D Director and Committee Chairman Sandy McCormick asked what happened to the old building.

Director of Operational Services Patrick Devereaux said a report will soon be presented to the full committee of the regional council, in July or August, with recommendations for the future of Lund’s former fire station.

Devereaux, in his report to the trustees, quoted the engineer’s report, which stated: “It is highly probable that the cost of the appropriate repurposing of the building will exceed the cost of a new building of similar size.

Devereaux said the report is not supportive of reassigning the structure.

“The building was not built to code, the structure lacks the proper spacing for wood-frame construction, is unbraced, and the footings lack reinforcement,” Devereaux said. “The structure is not built to resist lateral loads from wind or earthquakes.”

Devereaux’s report further stated that the technical study indicated that construction materials, such as wood and roofing, could be salvaged.

The committee referred the matter to the regional council meeting for decision.