The North Peace Savings and Credit Union promises to take special steps to ensure that graves behind the old St. Martin’s Anglican Church will remain undisturbed as it builds its new office building.
Last Thursday, the credit union held an open house at its Fort St. John office to discuss its plans for the new building.
There are about eight graves in a 12 by 15-metre area behind the demolished church. The lot is currently zoned commercial, but the bank wants approval from the city to re-zone the graveyard area to parks and natural areas.
“Throughout the planning phases, we’re doing everything we can to ensure that the integrity of the cemetery is intact,” said Janice Van Dolah, senior marketing manager for the credit union.
“It is going to be upgraded and finished to a degree that’s pleasing to the (families of the deceased).”
Church rector Enid Pow said the church was too expensive to maintain, and was sold to the credit union.
The plans, which Van Dolah said were preliminary, call for the cemetery to be gated, “to ensure that people can’t just wander through it.”
The plans also call for memorial signage, a high branching tree, lighting, and a two-metre high ornamental permanent fence.
City council has yet to vote on and approve the plans.