|Filliter Block (1846)|
Lois explained that the Filliter Building is owned by local contractor/roofer Tom Boretski. His wife Marina runs the popular eclectic Boretski Gallery, my absolute favourite vintage shop, on the street level.
According to Lois, Tom Boretski purchased the building years ago, when it was threatened with demolition. The city's plan was to create a lane to provide access to riverside parking (which itself was likely created by demolitions over time). Lois herself went to council to argue for the building's preservation. Although we get discouraged about our historic downtown, there have always been rays of hope. This was one.
According to Lois, Tom Boretski "ensured the stability of the structure", and brought it up to code for residential/commercial use. In her words, "it's a keeper."
|1894 Alberta Block|
Another downtown booster is the fellow who owns the Richard Davis menswear shop. He shared his downtown vision in May, with a large group of Jane's Walk participants .
|1870's Mansard roof and dormers - Henderson Building|
And on that optimistic note, I'll close on this. In mid-November it was reported that the demolition order for the Henderson Building had been withdrawn, while the owner considered other options. "No promises."