Zion trustees receive proposal from Heritage Trust

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By Belle Hatfield
The Vanguard
The Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia wants to buy time to find alternate users and/or uses for Zion Baptist Church, which is slated for demolition. Church trustees received a written proposal on Tuesday, Dec. 3.

The Trust is asking the church trustees to enter into a six-month lease agreement after Dec. 31, during which the trust would have time to evaluate what it would cost to repair and operate the facility. 

“The Trust is not in a position to purchase this building but is prepared once the congregation leaves to actively assist in finding new uses and users for it so as to save it from demolition [and to re-purpose the building],” wrote Trust vice-president Iain Taylor.

The church is a municipally-registered heritage property. Yarmouth town council is expected to vote on a motion to de-register the church property at its next meeting on Thursday, Dec. 12. The church requires structural repairs and has been deemed unsafe. The congregation made the application to de-register to enable the trustees to accelerate the demolition timeline.  See related story here. If council votes no, the church can’t be demolished before Oct. 1.

In a letter to town council, penned in concert with the proposal, Linda Forbes, president of the Heritage Trust, wrote, “we ask only from Yarmouth Town Council that it plays its part in helping preserve an important structure such as Zion.  This is the time when words and rhetoric about the importance of heritage to the Town's renewal need to be translated into action by showing faith in those who wish to help preserve and maintain its magnificent past into a renewed future.

“Please do not turn down the people of Yarmouth and the citizens of Nova Scotia by accepting de-registration and the disappointing termination of our efforts on your behalf.”



Organizations: Heritage Trust, The Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia, Yarmouth town council Zion Baptist Church

Geographic location: Yarmouth, Nova Scotia

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Recent comments

  • Cora Panter
    December 08, 2013 - 18:53

    Whatever it takes to preserve this property, must be done! The future of this town's aesthetic beauty depends on this and other structures like it!

    • NS Heritage Pulse on Facebook
      December 10, 2013 - 19:09

      Well said Cora.