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959 E 35th Ave
The Bramble Store and Apartment, located at 959 East 35th Ave., received heritage designation in May of 2019. The single-storey store in the Kensington neighbourhood was constructed in 1921 and in 1924 a second-floor apartment was added.
The city said the building is in “very good” condition. The rehabilitation of its exterior is a condition of the development permit application.
“The heritage building is valued as an example of the interwar development of small neighbourhood commercial buildings along local streets that served the area population with basic goods, including groceries, and various services,” said Gil Kelley, general manager of planning, urban design and sustainability, in a report to council.
“It is also significant for its cultural history that included various immigrant groups who lived in the apartment above and operated the store.”
The store used to be part of a cluster of commercial buildings along the block and continues to serve the community as a neighbourhood grocery store.