Monthly Archives: April 2015

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.

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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?