Plans needed to preserve Grand Falls House, volunteer says
A volunteer group in Grand Falls-Windsor warns a piece of the province's heritage is at risk if no business plans come together to make a historic building viable.
Roger Pike, a member with a volunteer committee, says coming up with a solid plan for Grand Falls House is critical.
The Tudor mansion was built by the founders of the paper mill in 1909. The province ended up owning the property after expropriating the mill about 100 years later.
Pike said development in the area is a threat to the heritage site, and something needs to be done to ensure it's protected.
"With tenders being called for the demolition of the paper mill itself, this is the last remnants of the turn of the century industrial progress that was made in Newfoundland," said Pike.
"We would be losing a great historical property not only to Grand Falls-Windsor, but to the entire province."
According to Pike, the ideal situation would be finding a way to operate Grand Falls House without it becoming a burden to taxpayers.
The volunteer committee has been consulting with different groups, and is planning a public meeting to get more feedback on May 8.