Chilliwack heritage home offered free of charge


CTV Vancouver

Published Wednesday, January 9, 2019 6:01 PM PST

Last Updated Wednesday, January 9, 2019 19:05 PST

A 125-year-old Chilliwack heritage home is being offered for free, but there is a problem.

The 2,000 square foot property known as Kipp Retirement Home or Paisley House is on land that the owner wants to transform into a multi-family development.

But instead of tearing down the building immediately, its owner is offering it for free – as long as the new owner can pay to move it to new ground.

"I believe the quote was $ 48,000, depending on the circumstances, somewhere between $ 45,000 and $ 55,000," said Ryan Anderson of OTG Developments.

But that cost is just to have the house lifted and moved. There are additional fees for overturning public service lines that impede the progress of the home during the move.

But the people in the community expect the house to be saved.

"The Kipp family is a really important family in Chilliwack, it's one of the families that developed much of the area," says Laura Reid of the Heritage Chilliwack Society.

The company hopes the city will provide financial or other incentives for developers to preserve homes like Kipp Retirement Home.

"Our view is that this character enhances the desire to live in a new community that has a nod to its past," said Reid.


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