The Durand Neighbourhood has had a very long history of public engagement in many heritage issues both in Durand and in our downtown community. Some of these include Central Public School, St Marks Church, the Bank of Montreal, the Carnegie Library and James Street Baptist Church. The DNA works with our ward councillor, city staff and defenders of built heritage to protect and advocate for the historic Durand neighbourhood. Our goals include establishing Durand as a heritage district, encouraging heritage designation of historic properties and adaptive re-use of heritage buildings.
Update 2014 : The Sunday school portion of St Marks has been removed and interestingly enough a few artifacts have been discovered including a photo of Reverend Sutherland, founder of St. Mark’s Church.
Staff will present a Feasibility Report for St Marks to the General Issues Committee May 21, 2014. They are proposing that St Marks be used for additional programming for Whitehern. The Durand and Councillor Farr are also requesting use of the facility by the Durand Neighbourhood Association for community events and activities. The DNA in return would take care of the gardens in the forecourt. If accepted at the GIC meeting, the proposal would then have to go to Council for the ultimate decision. The Association’s position has not changed since 1994 when the City purchased the property for much needed green space in the Durand. Councillor Farr will support the Durand and work to have this long standing issue resolved favourably for Duranders.
- DNA Submission to the Economic Development and Planning Committee on future of St Mark’s (2008-10-21)
- DNA presentation to Planning and Economic Development Committee regarding the sale of St Mark’s site (2008-06-17).
- DNA presentation to the Municipal Heritage Committee concerning the future of St. Mark’s Church (2008-01-24).
- Letter to City staff concerning the future of St. Mark’s Church (2008-03-05).