Project: BC Copper Co. Smelter Ruins Preservation & Rehabilitation
NOTICE: (The BC Copper Co. smelter ruins Project is under construction and currently not open to the public for touring.)
Phase 2: We will start working on the recommendations from the studies completed in Phase 1. (Due to the cost to rehabilitate the smokestack and base structure which is estimated at about $450,000, we have opted to start with smaller, more affordable repairs while we plan the strategy to fund that section of the project).
The plan for this portion of the project is to rehabilitate the smokestack top rim which will prevent further damage from water and weather; rehabilitate the corner wall structure; have the graffiti removed; pick two other sections of the site for volunteers and City staff to remove more garbage and trees; prepare architect drawings with more detail: include an interpretive forest site in the plans; include a log cabin on the site for a caretaker; include more detail regarding the wetlands; include an interpretive rail system with a small tourist train; and more detail to the trail system.
The partner (Greenwood Heritage Society), will assist with volunteering at the heritage site; collect photographs of the site and information of interest for signs for the next phase of the project. At this time the site is designated a heritage site in the city bylaws. The City of Greenwood will donate time and costs to designate the site as a heritage site in land titles; complete a statement of significance; and register with the government as a heritage site, so we can apply for grants under Heritage BC.
The completed industrial ruin project will also have a developed wetlands area, interpretive forest area, washrooms, caretaker cabin, safe pathways and interpretive signs.
Further information on the Heritage Smelter Preservation is located here:
- 1. BC Copper Company Smelter Ruins (Attraction Site)
- 2. Greenwood Feasibility Study: Preservation of Existing Smelter Heritage Structures(June 2017, DJ&T Engineering Ltd.)
- 3. Metro Testing Laboratories Assessment (May 3, 2017)
- 4. Metro Testing Laboratories Assessment – Appendices – Photographs, Calibration Charts, Test Results (May 3, 2017)
Please support us! Greenwood, BC plans to set up a program in the near future to collect funds for the BC Copper Company Smelter Ruins, that will be developed into an international ruin.