A building with ties to Fort Macleod’s past could be demolished.
Larson’s Tire Shop has applied for a demolition permit to knock down what is known as the old Chinese laundry building.
Research is under way before the permit is issued by the town.
Development officer Rhonda Day plans to contact heritage conservation staff with the historic resources management branch of Alberta Culture.
Day is seeking advice on the ability of the town to issue a demolition permit for such an old building.
Day said Monday she also wants to hear from people in Fort Macleod if there is interest in somehow preserving the building.
The building is located in an area which was once the core of Fort Macleod’s Chinatown, which was made up of three or four buildings on the corner of 25th Street and Third Avenue.
The O.K. Laundry building was home to a variety of businesses including a store where herbs were sold and a garage,
Happy Leong ran a laundry and boarding house and the building was subsequently taken over by York Chow. Lee Ping and his grandson operated the business until 1968 when Larson’s bought it for storage.
Contact Rhonda Day at 403-553-4425