City adds buildings to heritage register

Nanaimo city council approved the addition of four buildings and one site to the Community Heritage Register Monday.

Now included on the register are the Nanaimo military camp on Fifth Street; the John Johnstone residence at 407 Machleary St.; Beevor-Potts residence at 627 Millstone Ave.; Leynard residence at 442 Milton St.; and Robins Park at 620 Park Street.

The new additions join 166 buildings, six cemeteries, nine structures and one site previously listed since the registry was introduced in 2002. Seven buildings have been removed from the list due to demolition.

The register does not ultimately protect structures or sites from demolition, but it does trigger register permits required through the Heritage Procedures Bylaw to implement temporary measures for buildings threatened with demolition or extreme alteration.

Owners of buildings on the register can also take advantage of municipal grants, tax exemptions and non-monetary incentives such as zoning relaxations to ensure the city’s heritage is preserved for generations to come when possible.

Inclusions on the list are added annually or every second year.