City council was presented last night (March 4) with a motion to designate a local structure as a Municipal Historic Resource.
The 1928 Nose Creek Bridge to the Elevators (Edward's Way Bridge), which is located on Railway Avenue just west of the CPR tracks, was built as access to the grain elevators and is a hallmark to Airdrie’s agrarian, railway town, and early settlement histories. The purpose behind designating the bridge a Historic Resource is to preserve and protect this piece of Airdrie's heritage and roots.
Now that council made a motion to issue a Notice of Intent for this designation, the next steps include drafting a Municipal Historical Resource bylaw, bringing the bylaw to the council for three readings, having it listed on both the Alberta and Canadian Registers of Historic Places, and finally, restoration.
With this bylaw passed, it would pose both opportunities and risks to the city of Airdrie. Opportunities include grant funding for protected sites and recognition via Alberta and Canada Registers of Historic Places. An opportunity and risk could be the potential increased interest from private property owners as well as working within the construct of the Historical Resources Act.
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