Welcome to your Flats—Launch Event

The City of Vancouver and the Vancouver Economic Commission would like to invite you to come out and celebrate the launch of the False Creek Flats planning process! The Flats is made up of over 450 acres of primarily employment land. Bound by Main Street to the west, Clark Drive to the east, Prior/Venables to the north, and Great Northern Way to thfalse-creek-flats-welcome-to-your-flats-bannere south, it is home to over 600 businesses and roughly 8,000 employees!

On Wednesday, May 27th come out to Circle Studio at 390 Industrial Avenue, between 4:30pm and 7:30pm and join us for the project’s launch. Meet your neighbours and local businesses over a snack from a resident food truck and purchase a Flats brewed beer while you explore the history, diverse economy and unique industrial character of the Flats.

false-creek-flats-landingWhile at the event you will have a number of opportunities to begin to provide your input to City staff into the future of the area, as well you will find information and sign-up sheets for upcoming events.

 

DATE: Wednesday, May 27, 2015

TIME: 4:30pm – 7:30pm

LOCATION: Circle Studio @ 390 Industrial Avenue

Sign up today, to ensure you do not miss out on any future opportunities to help shape the future of your Flats!

You have received this message because of interest you have shown in the Viaducts and Eastern Core or a related initiative over the past number of years.  While we are inviting you because of that connection, we want to ensure that your inbox doesn’t fill up with unwanted messages should you no longer be interested in the planning of this area.  To ensure that only those interested are emailed Flats related notifications in the future, please ensure that you sign up today to our project email list.   You can always remove your email in the future should you no longer wish to receive the information.

If you would like additional information on this event, or other issues as they relate to the planning, please phone 3-1-1 or email the planning team at falsecreekflats@vancouver.ca.

We hope to see you soon!

The Flats Planning Team

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New Footpath to False Creek Shoreline

Last year, coliform counts in False Creek were off the charts. Concentrations of the bacteria were so high that rowers, kayakers and dragon boaters were urged to stay out of the water and avoid False Creek’s eastern basin.

While False Creek is not considered a swimmer’s beach, you don’t have to swim in order to get wet or have water get in your mouth.

Now we have a clearing to the water’s edge. A little haven of natural beach. At long last. But do its visitors know of the water hazards?

FecalCreekVancouver Coastal Health says the contamination is due to boats and fecal matter from birds and geese. Do you have any ideas to improve the water quality in False Creek?

What can be done to promote better awareness?

Read more from two park board commissioners.

Invite—Sat, May 9, 2015—Prior and Venables Livability Study

message from City of Vancouver, Engineering Services sent May 5.

Location: Strathcona Linear Park (just north of Hawks and Union)
Date / Time: Saturday, May 9, 2015, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

…the City is co-hosting an event this Saturday to help engage your community in regards to a Livability Study that our consultant, Urban Systems, will be conducting over the next several weeks.

The purpose of this study is to better understand what can be done to make Strathcona, Grandview Woodland and specifically Prior and Venables Street more livable for all. Urban Systems will be looking into many different aspects of Livability to conduct their work, but they would like your help in determining what is most important to you.

To gather this information they have created a survey to help get as much community input as possible.

The results of this survey will help inform current planning studies being conducted by the City of Vancouver, such as the False Creek Flats Local Area Plan OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAand the investigation into the potential replacement of the Georgia and Dunsmuir Viaducts with a mostly at-grade street network.

The results will also provide important planning context for emerging and new developments such as the proposed relocation of the St. Paul’s Hospital from downtown Vancouver to 1002 Station St.

 

Are we at an impasse?

After Expo 86, Lee Kai Shing purchased the land on Northeast False Creek—the so called Expo lands—from the Province of British Columbia. Terry Hui’s company, Concord Pacific, subsequently bought these lands from Lee’s company. The lands were to be developed as a whole. The overall design was outlined in a bylaw enacted 25 year ago as the BC Place Expo District Bylaw. This called for certain of the lots to be developed as public space and green space. Included were what is now David Lam Park, George Wainborn Park and the Roundhouse Community centre. The 9-acre Creekside Extension to the Creekside Park (which is next to Science World,  owned by the City of Vancouver) is the last piece of public space that was part of that agreement described in the BC Place/Expo District Bylaw.

 

This  destination gateway park at the heart of our city, and the adjoining  completed  seawall was all part of the agreement, which granted to the developer a density of 7,650 residential units.

 

In 2015 the community still doesn’t have a park in place nor the plans to deliver it. Over the years, the City of Vancouver has now increased Concord Pacific’s density to over 13,000 residential units.

 

For arcane reasons, the Creekside Park Extension can’t be built until Lot 6C is developed because the park site is needed for to bury the contaminated soils on 6C. We haven’t seen any indication that Concord intends to develop lot 6C. We do see its other properties being developed instead.

 

Are we being held hostage to the larger viaduct discussion? How much additional density will be granted to Concord? Will we be trading the viaducts for a wall of towers along Pacific Boulevard?

 

How much longer is the community going to see asphalt no-man’s land instead of rolling parkland, while Concord continues to make money?

 

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How many generations of kids are going to wait?

Trans Am Totem and FCRA

Trans Am Totem is the latest installation of the Vancouver Biennale, part of the 2014–2016 Vancouver Biennale Open Air Museum supporting public art.

TransAmGreenLightAt night the Trans-Am car on top of the totem is lit with a green light.

This is in solidarity with residents in the northeast False Creek neighbourhood … who have green lights in their windows to remind the City of Vancouver and developer Concord Pacific of their now 25-year-old agreement with the residents to complete Creekside Park and the Sea-wall at the northeast corner of False Creek.

Read more…

Trans Am Totem Artist shines green light

Marcus Bowcott‘s sculpture incorporates old-growth cedar and wrecked cars—an homage to the history of the site, from trees to transit.

BowcottIn another nod to the community Bowcott chose to perch a green light atop his stack of five colourful cars.

The cedar tower, which is nestled in the grassy meridian near the Georgia Viaduct,  now looks more in place with the neighbouring towers shining green lights in their windows calling for the City of Vancouver and Concord Pacific to fulfill a decades-old contractual obligation to complete Creekside Park and the Seawall.

Bowcott’s Trans Am Totem is part of the 2014-2016 Vancouver Biennale public art exhibition. They are hosting a community gathering to learn about the sculpture, talk to the artist and celebrate art in public space.

Date: Monday, April 6th, 2015

Time: 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Location: Triangular green space at Quebec St. & Milross Ave.

A fair bit of mixed reaction overall. What do you think?