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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

Get involved—Northeast False Creek

Over the fall, we heard from thousands of people about what they would like to see
in Northeast False Creek.

Come learn about the emerging directions and let us know if we’re on the right track. Check out information boards, chat with city staff, learn more about the planning process and get a bird’s eye view with our 3D model.
Pop-Up Planning Storefront!

International Village Mall at 88 W. Pender Street (at Abbott St.)

January 31-February 7, 2017
10am-5pm daily (Closed Sunday)

NEFC Project team staff members will be available to answer questions at 2 main
open houses:

• Thursday, February 2, 5pm – 8pm
• Saturday, February 4, 11am – 4pm
Interested in a specific topic? Join us on a focus day!

• PLAY + WORK – Tuesday, January 31, 10am – 5pm
• LIVE – Wednesday, February 1, 10am – 5pm
• PARKS + OPEN SPACE – Friday, February 3, 10am – 5pm
• STREETS – Monday, February 6, 10am – 5pm
• ARTS + CULTURE – Tuesday, February 7, 10am – 5pm

For more information please visit:
vancouver.ca/nefc

Help shape your flats

Please join us on Wednesday, January 25th for our final open house and see how your input has helped to shape the draft plan for your False Creek Flats.

Come out anytime between 5 and 8 pm to learn more about the plan, ask questions to City staff, and provide your feedback on the proposed policies poised to shape the future of the area.

Look over the material while enjoying local, Flats-made food and beverages from C’est Si Bon and Strange Fellows Brewing.

When: Wednesday, January 25, 2017 from 5 to 8 pm
Where: 281 Industrial Avenue (enter off of Southern St.)

The False Creek Flats Planning Team
Vancouver.ca/falsecreekflats

Does your family live or play in Northeast False Creek?

NEFC Area Families Workshop Register now!

Join us for a fun and interactive drop-in workshop to learn about the upcoming NEFC Area Planning process and to share your ideas for the future of the neighbourhood.screen-shot-2016-12-15-at-12-06-37-pm

When: Thursday December 15, 2016 6:30-9:00pm*
Where: Creekside Community Centre – Multipurpose Room 4

*Short presentations at 7:00pm and 8:00pm

Already a hub of events, culture, and sports, Northeast False Creek is the last major undeveloped waterfront in downtown Vancouver. In October 2015, Council approved a conceptual plan that included the replacement of the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts and directed staff to proceed with the creation of an area plan.

More info can be found at www.vancouver.ca/nefc

This is a family friendly event – there will be a children’s activity area with a LEGO table, arts + crafts & more!

Please feel free to email nefc@vancouver.ca if you have any questions.

Register here.

Historic Lord Strathcona Elementary Opens First Seismic Safe—and Accessible—Building

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Lord Strathcona Elementary

Originally constructed in 1891 and located in the city’s downtown eastside, Lord Strathcona is one of the oldest continuously operating schools in BC. It is the only elementary school in the area and has legal heritage designation from the City of Vancouver.

The first of the three seismically safe buildings opened to over 200 students yesterday. Not only is the new building compliant with current building code performance requirements, it’s been transformed into a bright, open and welcoming space. It also has some much needed improvements for accessibility.

As one parent commented, “MLA Sam Sullivan (came) to visit Lord Strathcona (but) was not able to enter because it was not accessible to those in a wheelchair or even a parent with a child in a stroller. Today, the lower part of the building is accessible. Soon the school will be fully accessible to all!”

When complete, the structurally upgraded school will accommodate up to 510 students, including 60 kindergarten students and 450 grades 1-7 students, and will include additional space for a Neighbourhood Learning Centre to serve the school and area residents with the Lord Strathcona Community Centre.

Reminder: Notice of Annual General Meeting

Please join us for the False Creek Residents Association (FCRA) Annual General Meeting

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Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 @ 7:30 pm

Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre

Media Room
181 Roundhouse Mews
Vancouver, BC

Guest Speaker: Dr. Matsen of the Squamish Streamkeepers Society

Everyone welcome—bring a neighbour!

21 acres of park!

CityStudio Invites you!

CityStudio is an innovation and experimentation hub between the city and the six public universities in Vancouver to launch projects on the ground and help the city’s strategic objectives.

This year, they are working with the North East False Creek planning committee and the Public Art Boost to create projects that will activate the space and inform its development.iz-final-poster

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Five projects will launch between 12 noon and 7pm around the Sea Wall.

StareChairs: Re-imagining art through relaxation
An urban furniture installation that invites community members to sit and participate through interactive mural art.
Location: Waterfront steps @ the Plaza of Nations
Time: 12:00-4:30pm

Teatalk: Free conversation over a free cup of tea.
A mobile tea cart travels around the seawall creating conversation and sparking new relationships.
Location: Northeast False Creek seawall.
Time: 12:00-6:00pm

Umbrella Taxi: Vancouver’s Driest Conversation
Duck under an umbrella for a whimsical walk through beautiful North East False Creek.
Location: NE False Creek Seawall
Time: 12:00-5:00pm

Food Recovery Project: Working with Vancouver Coastal Health and YOU to build a Zero Waste Food Future by sharing successful stories in Vancouver. Come share your ideas for a zero food waste community in Northeast False Creek and learn about what is already happening all around Vancouver.
Location: Gazebo next to the Telus World of Science
Time: 12:00-4:00pm

IllumiLane: integrating light and art into bike and walk ways
IllumiLane is a lit up and interactive path to promote walking and cycling as safe and fun transportation choices, even at night. We will be launching with a slowest bike challenge, glow soccer and facepaint.
Location: Seawall between Science World and Concord Show room
Time: 4:00-7:00pm

 

TransLink looks to muffle SkyTrain after False Creek residents complain about noise

The Vancouver Sun, Saturday, September 24, 2016 Kelly Sinoski

indexTransLink plans to take measures to muffle the noise from SkyTrain as it passes through Vancouver’s northeast False Creek, after residents made a formal complaint Friday over the “constantly clacking” of the trains as they switch the tracks on the stretch between Main Street-Science World and Stadium-Chinatown stations.

Paul Altilia, who has lived in False Creek since 2004, said the noise from the trains is affecting the quality of life for about 4,000 people in the area, who can no longer have a conversation on their balconies or even watch TV with the windows open.

Tests on a cellphone app, he said, show the noise levels have reached as high as 90 decibels, which he said is above the acceptable standard of 55 decibels for the city.

“There has been a consistent progression; the noise levels have significantly increased over the years,” Altilia said. “The continued gentrification is making (the area) desirable but it’s also undermining our quality of life.”

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Residents of Vancouver’s Northeast False Creek are issuing a formal complaint to TransLink over SkyTrain noise, saying it is undermining their quality of life. Jason Payne / PNG

TransLink met with the residents Friday to outline what it is doing to address the situation. SkyTrain boss Vivienne King, who is president of TransLink subsidiary B.C. Rapid Transit Corp., said she will personally visit two of the residents to see what they are experiencing. At the same time, she said, TransLink has a program to reduce SkyTrain noise over the next two years.

Efforts could include replacing older switches, grinding the head of the offending noisy switch and doing “rail profiling,” which shapes the train wheels to match the rails to lessen the noise, she said. TransLink already grinds the switches regularly.

But she acknowledges some of these measures will take time and money and “can’t be done overnight.” TransLink, for instance, plans to buy a grinder — it now rents one — so it has more flexibility over when to use it. And it has more than 100 switches that need to be replaced along the SkyTrain line. These each take at least two days to complete.

“Steel on steel will make noise,” King said. “This has been a 30-year problem and with more density we will get more people buying houses next to rail lines. Noise is an issue in every singe railway … there are many options to address it but they come with very large price tags.”

King noted the stretch between Main and Stadium stations has a 70-metre curve, one of the tightest on the system, which means there is likely to be noise as the trains round the bend — even though the speeds have been reduced to 50 km/h. Some cities have used rubber bats on the side of the rails to muffle the noise, she noted but they proved to be expensive and ineffective as they fell off.

One option, she said, is to have developers pay some of the costs of reducing SkyTrain noise because they are building right up against a rail alignment.

“We’re a very unique railway,” she said. “Being up in the sky puts another challenge on us.”

TransLink board member Larry Beasley agreed it’s important to resolve the issue, given that 10,000 more people are expected to move to the area once the viaducts are removed and replaced by residential towers. Municipalities across Metro Vancouver are building more dense developments in town centres as part of a regional growth strategy to accommodate a million more people by 2040.

Other stories…
False Creek residents file complaint against TransLink over SkyTrain noise
Globalnews.ca
Locals upset with SkyTrain noise in False Creek neighbourhood
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Opinion: Only idiots would move next to SkyTrain then complain about noise
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