CBU Housing/Heritage Project Needs Your Vote to Receive $25,000

Over the next 18 months, a historic circa-1895 company house near downtown Glace Bay will be turned into a 21st-century model of green, affordable, durable housing and heritage conservation. 7-3-4 Restoration Project (formerly Dominion Coal Company House #734) is a CBU applied-research project, in collaboration with NSCC-Marconi, community groups, private donors, and local tradespeople. This exciting, practical project is competing for a grant – decided by voting — of $25,000 through the “Refresh Everything” funding program (Pepsi Canada). Voting is on-line, once a day through January and February. All fund-raised dollars will go directly to rehabilitating the home.

"We are encouraging all members of the community to vote everyday until the end of February to help bring this project to fruition," says Jan Hancock, HomeMatch Coordinator. "It is not possible for everyone to make a monetary donation. Voting is another way for people to support the project."

You can support this project with your vote by going on-line to www.refresheverything.ca/homematchcapebreton .

The home is being donated for the project. It was purchased at a recent CBRM tax sale by a CBU faculty member with the purpose of handing it over, gratis, to allow this demonstration to happen. The home had been in the same family for more than a century. It is within walking distance of all amenities and transit, on an already-fully serviced urban lot. This makes housing at this location more sustainable than in a new subdivision on the outskirts of town.

Some of the on-site work gets underway this week.

Many residents have already supported the project by purchasing a framed print for $35, showing the home as local artist Diane Lawrence imagines it will look when renovated. A recent community meeting revealed strong support for the initiative.

In March, student teams will take part in a design competition focused on the home. Representatives of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) and the Canadian committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS Canada) will be in Glace Bay to join with local experts in providing the students with tips and resources.

This CBU applied-research project is inspired by the HomeMatch Program, a CBU initiative at the request of the Affordable Housing Renovation Partnership.

It is also inspired by the recent decision of the Heritage Canada Foundation to put the company houses of industrial Cape Breton on the list of the Ten Most Endangered Historic Places in Canada.