It wasn’t quite a February day this morning when I was out walking, but it was damp and a bit chilly first thing. Still, it was great to be out, especially when I kept bumping into folks I really enjoy. Once again, there weren’t a lot of changes on the Drive this last month.
The Far East building, just north of the Cut, is still being rebuilt and continues to depress that end of the Drive with its acres of platic sheeting.
1840, 1748, 1629 and 1616 Commercial are all still vacant, and this month they were joined by the old Ewaz store at 1040. However, the upstairs offices at 1840 seem to have been taken (probably by Terra Housing), the storefront next to Liberty Wines is soon to open as something called Mexcal (a restaurant, I’m guessing), and the old BVLD store at 1350 is being refitted for what I believe is a Scandinavian restaurant.
The only other change I have heard about is regarding Tony’s Deli. This well-known Drive fixture has, I’m told, been sold and will soon change it’s name.
As I walked by this morning it was closed which may have something to do with this change.
Finally, I noticed the Vancouver Heritage plaque for the 6th Avenue elms.
This glorious streetscape was saved entirely by the efforts of a local residents’ group. Well done!
Previous Changes on the Drive posts.