CLOVERDALE â€” Those who remember living in Cloverdale more than 60 years ago might soon get a blast from the past.
The iconic Clova building, which opened in 1947, could be restored to its original glory thanks to a Heritage Revitalization Agreement bylaw proposal.
A development application is now posted at the 176th Street venue in hopes of returning the outside of the building to its previous appearance.
â€œWe know the building is a piece of history in Cloverdale, so we want to honour that legacy and if that makes the city happy, then that makes us happy, too,â€ said Lee Francois, a pastor at Crossridge Church, which took over the venue last summer from its former operator.
Craig Burghardt, who ran the Clova Cinema, closed its doors as a theatre on Aug. 3, 2014.
â€œItâ€™s something we worked with them (the city) on, we were open to hearing what that would look like and then as weâ€™ve worked in process with them. It seems like itâ€™s a win-win situation,â€ Francois said.
The changes would include painting the front of the building cream and black, as it appeared when it opened, as well as re-doing the theatreâ€™s marquee sign, its windows and box office.
The HRA proposal is set to be discussed at the March 23 Surrey council meeting at 7 p.m. Francois said the church will be sending a representative, and he doesnâ€™t foresee any resistance to the plan.
â€œThe outside of the building, they have given us a picture of what it used to look like, and youâ€™ve got x number of years to restore it to its original appearance: so colours, the way the faÃ§ade looks, some of that stuff. Itâ€™s a bit of a negotiation process,â€ he told the Now.
The Clova primarily functions as a church, though Crossridge ran classic Christmas films for the public for free over the holidays, and plans to keep it open for the Cloverdale Rodeo dates.