FCRA Statement on Northeast False Creek Park Plan

The False Creek Residents Association has issued the following statement regarding future plans for Creekside Park and the proposed Northeast False Creek Area Plan.

“The FCRA is excited about the prospect of a long promised new park. However, the western boundary should remain as the present day Carrall St. Greenway to provide maximum waterfront park space and leave the current boundaries of Andy Livingstone Park intact.

The City of Vancouver’s current park concept plan is not in keeping with the vision of a waterfront oriented park space. It does not meet the vision of a park for Vancouver citizens that was contractually agreed on with Concord Pacific nearly three decades ago, and who has benefited from tax breaks, and profited from having a presentation centre on the park site during that timeframe.”

Vancouver residents can still make their views on the plan known to City planning staff & City Council. Details can be found in this Document.

National Calls Attention to City’s Proposal to Move Carrall Street

Residents of The National (1128 Quebec Street) have put out a document that shows serious concern over the City of Vancouver’s proposal to move Carrall eastward. The document outlines the City’s move that would allow more Concord Pacific condos on the shoreline and less waterfront park space.

“The most recent park design gives Concord Pacific more waterfront property to build residential towers, while shifting the Creekside Park extension to the area under the Skytrain line and next to the new six-lane Pacific Ave.”

“The original development plan for Creekside Park promised in 1990 was a contiguous east-west park alignment. Currently, the City of Vancouver is proposing a north-south alignment to the park, thus moving the park further away from the waterfront.”

You can read the original document here.

Plaza of Nations Development Plans Revealed

Plans for a new neighbourhood on the existing Plaza of Nations site were revealed earlier this week. The proposal aims to add 1400 new units to the area, along with retail, restauraunts & gardens. The developer is proposing a new Community Centre with an ice rink that would partially serve as a practice rink for the Vancouver Canucks as a Community amenity.

Here’s how the plans were received by the local news media this week:

Plaza of Nations site pitched as vibrant waterfront neighbourhood for Vancouver –  Vancouver Sun

Billionaire Developer talks plans for Vancouver Waterfront SiteGlobe & Mail

City of Vancouver to Hold Northeast False Creek Block Party

Here’s a chance to give your thoughts and input on the future of Northeast False Creek. The City of Vancouver is holding a Block Party to present an early draft of what they’ve heard over the last 10 months. We encourage all residents of False Creek to drop by and discuss the future of our community.

Where: Andy Livingston Park at Carrall Street.
When: Saturday, June 10, 11am – 7pm

 

City of Vancouver Draft Policy Statement on St. Paul’s Hospital & Open Houses

The City of Vancouver have created a draft Policy Statement to guide the development of the new St. Paul’s Hospital on the False Creek Flats. They’ll be holding two Open Houses to give members of the public an opportunity to review the proposals.

The Open Houses are:

Saturday, May 13 – 3:00 – 6:00 PM – Creekside Community Centre
Monday, May 15 – 5:00 – 8:00 PM – Strathcona Community Centre

For information on the City of Vancouver’s approach to this development so far, visit the link below:

http://vancouver.ca/home-property-develop…/new-st-pauls.aspx

VIDEO: Full House for the FCRA All-Candidates Meeting for Vancouver – False Creek

Over 100 people filled the room at Creekside Community Centre to hear the candidates from Vancouver – False Creek for the 2017 BC Provincial Election. It was a lively evening with interesting views on several issues of concern to residents of the area. The False Creek Residents Association is proud to have hosted this event. A big thanks to all in attendance, and especially to the six candidates who participated.

For those who couldn’t attend, here is a video of the entire meeting. Election day is May 9, and there are advance polls beforehand. Please get out and vote!

2017 All-Candidates Meeting for Vancouver-False Creek

-Presented by the False Creek Residents Association

Join us on Thursday, April 27, 7:00 PM at Creekside Community Centre as the False Creek Residents Association invites the provincial candidates for Vancouver-False Creek to participate in an All-Candidates meeting. This is your opportunity to ask questions and hear from the candidates on the issues that are important to the residents of False Creek prior to the May 9 Provincial Election.

The candidates for Vancouver – False Creek (Listed alphabetically):

James Filippelli – Your Political Party of BC (YPP)
Morgane Oger –  BC NDP
Phillip Ryan – BC Citizens First Party
Bradley Shende – BC Green Party
Sam Sullivan – BC Liberal Party (Incumbent)

The False Creek Residents Association is a non-partisan, volunteer-run neighbourhood group dedicated to improving the quality of life for everyone that lives around and visits False Creek—the heart of the city of Vancouver. For more information, visit us at www.falsecreekresidents.org.

CBC: Viaduct-free visions: Vancouver Champs-Élysées or lost public waterfront park?

As our own Patsy McMillan from the False Creek Residents Association notes in this CBC article, there are still real concerns about the definition of the park, and specifics about the design of the roads what will replace the viaducts, and of course the issues about how the toxic soil will dealt with and where it will be put. We’re keeping a close eye.

Read:

Viaduct-free visions: Vancouver Champs-Élysées or lost public waterfront park? – CBC

False Creek residents wary of viaduct-free park design

City presents plans to develop last waterfront property in the city after Dunsmuir, Georgia viaducts removal

CBC News Posted: Feb 03, 2017 11:40 AM PT

The chair of the False Creek Residents Association is wary about the city’s plans to develop what some call the last major undeveloped waterfront property in the city.

The city has put forward plans to develop the Northeast False Creek area after the removal the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts.

In addition to thousands of new residential units and a commercial district, the city’s plans include 9 hectares of multi-use park land which connects and expands existing park space like Creekside Park and Andy Livingstone Park.

The city has selected James Corner Field Operations, the same landscape architecture firm that designed New York’s renowed High Line Park, to develop the park space.

False Creek Residents Association chair Patsy McMillan, who is also a member of the stewardship group for the development area, said the park space is long overdue.

McMillan said the city and developer Concord Pacific have a contractual agreement dating back to 1990 that when the developer puts in over 7,000 residential units, they would to provide a certain amount of park space.

A detailed map of park space and future developments in the Northeast False Creek area. (City of Vancouver)

Not all of that park space was delivered, she said, and McMillan is worried the city won’t be able to deliver on this newly promised park space.

“Our concern is where is that acreage? We’ve asked on several occasions and we keep getting told not to worry, it’s there. But nobody can actually tell us where it is,” she said. “There’s been no survey done of the land to show exactly where that size is.”

McMillan’s biggest concern is there won’t be enough green space or “breathing room” with all of the extra density introduced by the residential units.

“The city says ‘don’t worry, it will be there. It’ll be a beautiful park.’ But I’m not sure I’ll see it in my lifetime,” she said.

An open house on the proposed park design takes place Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT at the International Village Mall.

To listen to the interview, click on the link labelled False Creek resident wary of viaduct-free park design