Future of Mack Laing house pending

Decision about the fate of Baybrook is expected by Sept. 30

The removal of three cottages from a property in Comox which also houses a historic home began this week, with the final house awaiting its fate before council.

Demolition began by J.R. Edgett for three cottages from 70 Orchard Park Drive, a 2.6-hectare piece of waterfront property which also houses Mack Laing’s ‘Baybrook’ house.

Richard Kanigan, the Town of Comox’s chief administrative officer, confirmed the cottages were not structurally sound and beyond repair.

In June, the ‘Baybrook’ house received a short reprieve from demolition after two Valley organizations began researching the condition of the home and how much it would cost to preserve.

The Comox Valley Naturalists Society and Project Watershed asked council for a delay on the demolition of the house, after voicing their concerns about losing the house.

They argued it was the location where naturalist Laing did most of his original work and led the Comox Valley in conservation.

The groups suggested the possibility of creating an interpretive heritage centre with the home.

A committee has been working on a feasibility study and are examining the costs to preserve the house. A decision about the fate of the home has been delayed until Sept. 30.

J.R. Edgett said it will take about three weeks for demolition of the three cottages.