City of Saskatoon wants more heritage properties
Letters going out to property owners
Do you own a historically-important building?
City Hall might want to talk to you.
The Municipal Heritage Advisory Committee has started building a historic buildings registry, listing all of the historically important buildings in the province.
"If we don't know what it is, how do we protect it?," said committee co-chair Maggie Schwab. "And if a place has value, what elements need to be conserved to retain that value?"
The committee plans to send letters to the owners of significant buildings, asking that they give permission for their properties to be added.
Eventually, the information will be put on the city's website, with an interactive map that shows the location of all the different properties.
Property owners will also be asked to apply for designation as a heritage building. The designation protects historic buildings from harm, and also comes along with some financial incentives.
"It would allow you to apply for grants and property tax abatements," she said. "So, it can acually turn what people feel is a liability into an asset."