St. Andrews Lodge society provides progress update

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The St. Andrews Lodge Historical and Cultural Society is still waiting for a Qualicum Beach town council decision to formalize a lease agreement.

Len Flint and Michael Goldman provided a delegation to council at its June 16 meeting to show plans for the lodge and what has been accomplished so far.

Flint said the society has developed a provisional review of the building’s layout for community use and also created a statement of significance, which will help with grant funding.

He also said the society has a large list of volunteers to help with the project and the it is paying the utility bills.

“While the exterior can be improved relatively quickly with volunteers, we fully expect the whole project could take as long as five years for completion to the point of local financially sustainable use and so we ask for some patience,” Flint said.

He asked council to complete a review of the society’s statement of significance.

“It’s been in town’s hands since March. I think we all recognize that this is an important step when it comes to things like heritage status, charitable status and grant seeking,” he said.

“Large restoration is a lasting reminder of our tourism heritage and the Little family’s dedication and contribution to our history, but will also be landmark to the planned waterfront park. Heritage opportunities do not come along frequently, we need to seize them.”

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