Keeping downtown Moose Jaw historic-looking

Carter Haydu
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The Friendly City has taken a step intended to ensure the city’s downtown stays friendly to local heritage.

During Monday’s regular council meeting, the majority of council approved a municipal heritage advisory committee recommendation authorizing administration to proceed with the development of a civic heritage policy incorporating standards and guidelines for the architecture of façades in Moose Jaw’s downtown heritage district.

“This is not proposing hardcore, mandatory regulations,” Coun. Don Mitchell said at Monday’s meeting. “It’s proposing there be architectural guidelines regarding the development of façades, and that there be a co-operative approach when dealing with businesses.”

Mitchell said he believes the heritage aspect of Moose Jaw’s downtown is a key element to the city. He said the historic atmosphere in the downtown is seen as important to investors looking to Moose Jaw as a potential place for development.

“It’s important not to lose it.”

For more on this story, read an upcoming edition of the Times-Herald.

Organizations: Times-Herald

Geographic location: Moose Jaw, Friendly

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  • Realist
    May 02, 2012 - 18:02

    Moose jaw guy,I know that if the multiplex did not go downtown,those three hotels would still be in business today.I 've known this for a long time. I was never against the multiplex building itself,I think it's great for mj.I always have!I was against the downtown location because of the extra cost,millions of dollars,and also because of the land constraints in regards to parking and other different vendors that require space.

  • Moose Jaw guy
    May 02, 2012 - 14:37

    Torn's comments are correct, there were no hotels taken down to make room for Mosaic Place... now if you believe in conspiracy theories you will believe that the demolition of those particular hotels and anything to do with the new facility is part of a larger plan to take over the world ...I always enjoy the comments from Realist, even if I don't always agree. Now back to the article, I would agree with our city officals that we do need a policy on this matter and this is a first step in the right direction.

  • Realist
    May 01, 2012 - 18:39

    Torn,where are you from?Those 3 hotels are all over 100 years old.If you happen to see anything else built there right now,let mj know.The last time i looked it was fenced parking for the multimess.This was all concieved years ago for the scheme of things that we are now stuck with.If a 100 plus year old building is not a heritage building,what is in your eyes?Oh yeah i forgot,they were all in business when they were torn down.Thank goodness mj didn,t need these 3 hotel business's in our booming times.

  • jordan
    May 01, 2012 - 17:04

    Lord knows we don't want moose jaw remebered as a pit stop for rail workers to spend their paycheck on hookers and booze... actually thats about all my gpa remembers about coming to moose jaw

  • Torn
    May 01, 2012 - 10:04

    No buildings of any significant historic value were torn down for parking at Mosaic Place. Only one Hotel was removed for construction of the building.

  • realist
    May 01, 2012 - 06:38

    Three of the most important heritage buildings in downtown moose jaw were torn down for parking at the multi -mess.Thanks to the fab5 the history of moose jaw is stuck with there idiotic brain drain forever.