Building owner asks for demolition of historic warehouse
Published Friday, January 2, 2009 10:26AM CST
The owner of a century-old warehouse is fighting City Hall to have the building torn down.
Henry Tang, owner of Prosperity Knitwear, wants to demolish the property at 145 Pacific Avenue and sell it for redevelopment.
The Historical Buildings Committee has another plan. It wants the building placed on the Heritage Buildings list.
A portion of the warehouse was built in 1884 and the committee says the property is rare example of Romanesque Revival Style.
The warehouse/factory was built in three sections, the earliest dating to just after Winnipeg's early 1880's real estate boom. The second and third portions were built right before the First World War.
Much of the exterior has been altered, but large portions of the interior of the building remain unchanged including most of the original wood beams.
Lawyers for the building owner will be at a city hall committee meeting next Tuesday pushing to have the building demolished.