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123 Rogers St, Vancouver BC
Rogers N. FT.
B.C. Sugar was founded in 1890 by Benjamin Tingely Rogers. The company owned cane sugar refineries in Fiji and the Dominican Republic, as well as beet sugar refineries in Alberta and Manitoba. At one time, B.C. Sugar was Vancouver’s largest employer.
Rogers built the sugar warehouses after getting special concessions from the City. To stimulate the development of port and railroad activity, the city enacted a special bylaw and granted generous tax concessions to the company: free water for 10 years and no taxes for 15 years. The $40,000 bonus he requested was given in the form of $30,000 worth of free land which the city granted to him.
Vancouver Archives (available online).
Heritage Inventory Summary Report Phase II 1986, City of Vancouver Archives (Authenticity blog)