Protection removed from Byron Street home in Oak Bay

Council's heritage concerns dealt with, homeowner left to proceed with renovations

Oak Bay council has removed a temporary protection order on a Byron Street home, allowing the owner to pursue work on its foundation and develop a bedroom in the basement.

Council put the 60-day protection order in place Sept. 9 so Oak Bay heritage commission members could assess the property.

Owner Robert Hadock purchased the home over 2001-02 and planned to create a useable basement for teenagers in his family.

As part of the work, the rubble foundation will be removed and the chimneys and fireplaces decommissioned. No changes will be made to the appearance of the home, except for vinyl basement window replacements on the sides.