Oak Bay approves subdivision for site of heritage house

Oak Bay councillors have approved the subdivision of a large suburban lot that contains a historic heritage home.

Mayor Kevin Murdoch said councillors agreed to allow the property owners to create a new single-family lot as part of a heritage revitalization agreement.

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The agreement will see the owner of the 1.26-acre lot create a new one measuring 0.29 acres. The mansion-style house will continue to be upgraded and a secondary suite added.

The property at 2031 Runnymede Ave. was originally the family home of Jennie and Harry Ross. Jennie was the eldest daughter of Robert and Jenny Butchart, the family that created Butchart Gardens.

The house was completed in 1916 and was designed by famed B.C. architect Samuel Maclure, who also designed Hatley Castle, now Royal Roads University.


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