The heritage area in the City of St. John’s is a unique and vibrant part of our culture and each year on Heritage Day (the third Monday in February) the City of St. John’s takes a moment to recognize individuals and businesses for their outstanding restoration efforts.
This year, during the weekly City Council meeting, Mayor Dennis O’Keefe presented Certificates of Recognition to Craig Flynn and Brenda O’Reilly for 288 Water Street, YellowBelly Brewery and Public House.
“The heritage areas are the heart and soul of our City and we are very pleased today to honour commercial and residential property owners for their work in rehabilitating, restoring and celebrating our rich built heritage,” says Mayor O’Keefe. “These properties are a wonderful illustration of what can be accomplished when owners take pride in their homes, businesses and City. I am very pleased to congratulate each of our award recipients for the excellent work they have done in our heritage areas.”
Deputy Mayor Shannie Duff, Chair of the City’s Heritage Advisory Committee, said she is pleased to see the interest in the program has grown, as this year we honour the most property owners ever for their efforts to preserve our City’s unique heritage.
“As a committee, we could think of no day more appropriate than Heritage Day to take a moment and honour those residents and businesses who have gone the extra mile to ensure our heritage areas remains vibrant and creative,” says Deputy Mayor Duff. “We were very pleased with the nominations this year and are delighted to present seven Certificates of Recognition today. I hope these buildings will serve as examples for others as they contemplate preservation, restoration and renovation projects. These owners along with our previous award winners all deserve to be recognized for a job well done.”
The Heritage Association of Newfoundland and Labrador will also participate in the event, which includes a proclamation signing by the Mayor to officially recognize the day as Heritage Day.