Almost $3 million suggested to fix two Steveston heritage sites

Two more heritage sites in Steveston are being considered for restoration to the tune of $2.9 million.

The lean-to beside the Phoenix Net Loft and the First Nations Bunkhouse are both in poor condition and the former, according to a city staff report to council, has partially fallen into the river.

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The First Nations Bunkhouse was built in 1886 and is thought to have been used as a residence for Indigenous cannery workers. It has been relocated at least once and now is located in front of the Seine Net Loft.

It is described as “highly deteriorated” in the staff report and is fenced off for safety.

The cost to fix the lean-to is estimated at $1.3 million. The bunkhouse, which would be deconstructed and then reconstructed, is estimated to cost $1.6 million.

Council already decided to spend $19 million to fix the Phoenix Net Loft, and the idea of turning it into a museum has been suggested.

The restoration plans are on the agenda for council’s committee meeting next week and could be added to next year’s budget, depending on council’s decision.

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