Over 70 people attended the Nanaimo Old City Association’s (NOCA) neighbourhood meeting on Sunday, March 5 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church Hall regarding the future of the property at 388 Machleary St., known as Malaspina Gardens Senior’s Residence.
Here’s a link to an article in the Nanaimo News Bulletin about Malaspina Gardens, published on March 23, 2017.
The meeting was planned and organized by a small ‘working group’ consisting of 2 NOCA board members (Ian Knipe, Janet Wright), 3 members of the association (Barb Coady, Paulette McCarthy, Todd Trimble), and Chris Sholberg, Planner with the City of Nanaimo’s Heritage and Culture Department.
Context: A new facility to replace Malaspina Gardens is being built in South Nanaimo, with an expected opening in Spring 2017. The owner and operator, Chartwell Retirement Residences, has publicized its intention to sell the property.
The meeting’s agenda featured (1) a summary of NOCA’s communication with Chartwell, (2) a presentation by Chris outlining the history and heritage value of the Old Hospital part of the property, possible redevelopment scenarios, and information about incentives offered by the City for preservation of heritage properties, and (3) a question and answer period. Also on hand to answer pertinent questions was Rod Davidson, Manager of Bylaw Regulation and Security for the City of Nanaimo.
Now what? Continue to follow NOCA’s website (oldcitynanaimo.com) for periodic updates by the working group on activities and/or developments on this property. Issues raised in the meeting will be publicized on the website as soon as they are compiled. NOCA members who may wish to participate in the working group, or otherwise become involved, are invited to contact either Ian Knipe firstname.lastname@example.org or Janet Wright email@example.com.