New ownership of St. Martin’s property will maintain graveyard

first_imgMitchel Chilcott says once hazardous materials are removed, it is expected the church building will be demolished late this summer.He also says the new building will be separate from the existing adjacent building, and will provide services now being offered at the credit union’s second Fort St. John location.“Originally we had a plan for a major renovation of our 100 Street facility but it had been constructed over three phases and the renovation wouldn’t have been cost-effective,” says Chilcott.- Advertisement -Chilcott says negotiations for purchase of a portion of the site began back in 2013, but he concedes finalization of the agreement to purchase all of the property has led to questions about the cemetery in one corner of it and a daycare facility in the church building.He says the answer to the second question has been left to discussions between the daycare operator and the church, but the credit union has inherited responsibility for the graveyard – which he says will not inhibit the new development of the property.“We did our research on it to see if the graves could be moved, and with that you need consent from of known descendants,” explains Chilcott. “Where we ended up is we aren’t going to move the graves; we’re going to maintain the graves where they are.”Advertisement Chilcott adds,” When it comes to developing the site, we’ll look at, I guess, enhancing how they’re presented and maintained to make it up to our standard.”As reported earlier, the St. Martin’s congregation has until the end of June to relocate.last_img

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