Regina council to vote on future of Cook Residence
If approved, the proposal would see the Cook Residence, located at the corner of Albert Street and Hill Avenue, turned into 16 residential units. (Jeremy SImes/CTV Regina)
REGINA -- The future of Regina’s Cook House will be decided at a special City Council meeting on Thursday afternoon.
On Saturday, the Regina Planning Commission held a special meeting to discuss and vote on recommendations about the property.
City administration recommended a series of applications be denied, which propose to redevelop the heritage property, located at 3160 Albert St. into a 16-unit dwelling. These applications from owners Carmen Lien and Adriana Gourgaris, include altering the property's heritage designation and changes to part of Hill Avenue.
The planning commission voted unanimously in favour of the recommendations to deny the applications.
HOME OWNERS’ PROPOSAL
This is the owners' second attempt at developing the home. Initially, they wanted it demolished, but city council saved it from the wrecking ball by designating it as a heritage home in October 2019.
This time around, the proposal aims to keep some heritage characteristics, but many neighbours still aren’t happy with the plans.
“They are universally opposed. There is strong opposition in this neighbourhood,” said Bob Hawkins, City Councillor for the Lakeview neighbourhood, at a meeting last year.
The owners are requesting the City re-zone the land to accommodate the condo development.
As well, they want some heritage exemptions, which would allow them to tear down part of the home, except for a portion of the front that faces Albert Street.
The building would be larger, encroaching closer to the sidewalk. It would feature an underground parkade with 24 stalls.
The owners could not be reached for comment on Sunday, but Lien has previously told city council the home can’t be rehabilitated in a financially responsible manner.
They have estimated a full rehab of the home would cost $2.5 million.