Category Archives: Viaduct Removal

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

Join the conversation on twitter at #FalseCreekFlats

Ryan Reynolds movie to shut down Georgia Viaduct in April

The City of Vancouver has agreed to daily shutdowns of the Georgia Viaduct from April 5 to 18 for the filming of Deadpool (featuring locally grown actor Ryan Reynolds).

Details of the closure

April 5: Georgia Viaduct closed from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

April 6-16: Georgia Viaduct closed from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays. After the road reopens at 3 p.m. there will remain a 100-metre section of the viaduct that will be limited to one lane.

April 11: Georgia Viaduct closed from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The production has also optioned the possibility of using the viaduct on April 12, 17 and 18.

More information can be found at the city’s website.

Burned by “Business in Vancouver”

The FCRA had a good presence at City Hall when Council met to decide on whether to proceed with the staff request for $2,000,000+  to continue their work on planning for removal of the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts.  FCRA Directors on the speakers list included Sean Bickerton, Andrea Mackenzie, and co-chairs Patsy McMillan and Fern Jeffries.

Following this, the local magazine Business in Vancouver contacted the FCRA for an interview.  On behalf of our association, co-chair Fern Jeffries agreed to be interviewed.  The reporter asked about property values.  Consistent with our published position, the response was “property values are not our issue.  Our issue is Quality of Life.

So what did they publish?  “Viaduct removal is good for quality of life and that’s good for property values,” False Creek Residents Association co-chair Fern Jeffries told Business in Vancouver.

Creative writing for sure!

City Council voted to approve the ongoing program for viaduct removal, which included a commitment for “meaningful community engagement”.  Subsequently staff have cancelled our Working Group meetings for the next two months.  More creative writing!

 

Full House at Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Garden

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Representatives from Chinatown organizations heard Brian Jackson, the City’s General Manager of Planning and Development urge them to support removing the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts –  in Cantonese, Mandarin and English!!

Along with Mr. Jackson, there was a full complement of city staff including Wendy Au from the City Manager’s office, Kevin McNaney, Assistant Director of Planning, and Jerry Dobrovolny, Director of Transportation.  City Councillors present included Kerry Jang, Geoff Meggs, Tony Tang, and Raymond Louis.

Chinatown organizations were enthusiastic about opportunities for bringing new people and prosperity to the community.  Henry Tom, representing the Vancouver Chinatown Revitalization Committee is a member of our Coalition of Communities.  He, along with others, urged the City “not to forget Chinatown” and to engage with the community in planning processes.

Parks, density, and traffic continue to be emerging themes in the discussion.  Hope we have a good turnout of residents at Wednesday’s Council meeting.

2 pm at City Hall.  Be there!

 

The FCRA supports the Strathcona Residents Association position on the potential for removing the viaducts.

Dear Mayor Robertson,

Regarding: City Proposal for Viaduct Removal

Strathcona and adjacent neighbourhoods are excited about the City’s proposal to remove the Viaducts in order to utilize the lands underneath to bring opportunity for new, beneficial developments for Vancouver. We are especially supportive of the removal of the 40 year traffic affliction on Prior / Venables brought on by the Viaducts and the subsequent returning of Prior Street to the neighbourhood street it was designed to be. We were thus disappointed that the City’s proposal to remove the Viaducts does not include important planning east of Gore Avenue; makes no overture to correct the injustice of traffic on Prior / Venables; and does not include the Mayor’s directives to provide traffic relief to Strathcona and adjacent neighbourhoods.

The community’s concern over the proposal resulted in a number of grass-roots protests over the summer, and culminated in the Mayor’s very specific recommendations that staff come back with a plan that addressed our concerns.

You can imagine our surprise, when at a well-attended community meeting on February 6th, some six months after the Mayor’s directives were given, that staff presented the exact same plan for removing the Viaducts and maintaining Prior / Venables as the major east west connector. To add fuel to the fire, within 48 hours of staff’s presentation, Prior / Venables saw three separate and serious accidents including a pedestrian struck, a car plow into the side of a house, and a street racing fatality. We now have a very angry community who are urging us to step up protest efforts in advance of staff’s presentation to Council in March. It is felt that the City clearly does not take our concern seriously.

While we appreciate the return of limited-hours parking on Prior Street and the extension of some of the pedestrian crossing times, these were understood as only first steps, and in light of recent events, these measures are clearly inadequate. We feel the disappointingly unrevised Viaducts removal proposal falls short of the Mayor’s directives regarding Prior Street, specifically: “immediate improvements are warranted, reinstating the parking being one of them, looking at traffic calming options like speed bumps is another”.

To be blunt: staff’s promise of theoretical reductions in traffic volumes once Prior / Venables is aligned with a new six-lane Pacific is not acceptable, and proceeding with the removal of the Viaducts without an Eastern Core Strategy is reckless. We need a guaranteed strategy for traffic calming Prior Street to be formally added to the Viaducts removal plan in order for us to support it.

Specifically, our support for Viaducts removal is conditional upon:

1. Establish a 30 kilometre zone on Prior through residential Strathcona.
2. Reduce Prior to two lanes of traffic flow, through either full time parking or a separated bike lane
3. Move truck traffic to Malkin / National; facilitate additional flow by moving one of Malkin’s two lanes of 24 hour dedicated parking to Prior.
4. Physically limit the six lanes of Pacific and/or Prior east of Quebec, until such a time as an Eastern Core strategy is developed.
5. Dedicate immediate resources to the development of an Eastern Core Strategy; monitor and consult with affected communities before, during and after Viaducts removal.

A community meeting is scheduled for March 6th to discuss a major protest and further action before Council’s vote on the Viaducts. A response to this letter from the Mayor would be crucial to present at this meeting in order to determine whether community action is required.

We very much appreciate your support and prompt attention to this matter.

Sincerely,
Strathcona Residents’ Association Executive Council

To Mayor And Council on Removal of The Viaducts

City staff plan

City staff plan

We recognize that the whole city should be engaged in the discussion of the removal of the viaducts. The viaducts serve as a major transportation corridor providing access to the city core from the eastern part of our city. The area around False Creek has the potential to be a significant heritage and green space – a recreation destination for residents and visitors alike.

There are many wonderful features in the plans presented by city staff and we are supportive of the actual removal of the viaducts. However, speaking on behalf of residents who will be most directly impacted by any changes, we cannot endorse the city plan at this time’ without a comprehensive process of investigation into the community related aspects of this proposal. We would hope that this process evolves over the course of one year, maximum, to ensure that the process itself does not devolve into a lengthy debate without resolve.

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Rogers Arena towers proposal: Green Roofs, A Hockey Rink and Less Viaduct

From Openfile
by Michael Aynsley

Plan for Aquilini Rental and Condo towers around BC Place

Plan for Aquilini Rental and Condo towers around BC Place

According to News 1130, there wasn’t much opposition to the Rogers Arena towers development when the City of Vancouver hosted the first open house on the comprehensive proposal Monday night.

The developer behind the proposed project is the Aquilini group. If approved, the buildings would surround Rogers Arena. The idea is to have two of the towers be for a mixed-use of office and residential space, while the third would be comprised entirely of residential units. The towers would be anywhere between 26 and 32 storeys. Here’s the density proposal for each tower:

Of course, the most interesting part of the proposal is that it hinges on at least one of the viaducts being removed. You’ll noticed that the whited-out “future development” tower is on top of what currently is the Dunsmuir Viaduct.

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A Plan To Behead Vancouver’s Urban Serpent: The Georgia Viaduct

From the Globe and Mail
By: Hadani Ditmars

news-2781“Just look at all this wasted space,” says Larry Beasley, as he drives underneath the Georgia Viaduct near Quebec Street on a sunny February afternoon.

“Think of what we could do here – more green space, housing…”

“Yes and the new park could replace some of these eight lanes,” chimes in Jim Green, “who needs eight lanes?”

No, this is not the fragment of some strange planners reverie. This is an impromptu tour of the Vancouver neighbourhoods traversed by the Georgia Viaduct. Lead by Mr. Beasley, the city’s former head of planning and Mr. Green, a former councillor, mayoral candidate and long time community activist, the pair aim to show how eliminating the viaduct could not only create more space for housing and parks, but could weave disparate neighbourhoods into a whole new community.

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