June 21, 2017
Here are a few more dates of interesting events/debates at Britannia:
- Thursday 22nd June, 6:00pm to 9:00pm, in Gym D
A discussion about the Arts & Culture spaces in the future Britannia. Snacks and refreshments available.
- Monday 26th June, 10:00am to 6:00pm, Carving Pavilion (behind the rink)
An all day event to celebrate the naming of the Carving Pavilion. The Naming Ceremony is 10:00am to noon; noon to 1:00pm, community lunch; 1:00pm-6:00pm Open house discussion; 6:00pm Community Feast.
- Tuesday 27th June, 5:30pm to 8:00pm, Carving Pavilion
An Indigenous Visioning Workshop to develop ideas for better serving our indigenous population at Britannia. This will lead to a design charrette in the fall.
- Wednesday 28th June, 6:00pm to 8:00pm, Ice Rink Mezzanine
What would make the new Britannia a welcoming place for LGBTQ2S folks.
June 14, 2017
I have tonight received an email about another Open House on the Broadway & Commercial proposed development. This one is NOT a City of Vancouver event but, rather, is being put on by the developers’ “project team”.
Bing Thom Architects, Westbank the developer, and Crombie REIT (owner of the Safeway site) are “excited to share our initial concept” including “a new form of family oriented housing.” They say they have developed ideas from the Ideas Fair they held at Federico’s Club last year.
Oddly enough, they have put flyers into the mailboxes of the most immediate neighbours (a block or two only I understand) but I can find no other posting about this event and there seems no way to register. However, this is less odd when one notices that the PR company involved is Brook Pooni Associates — famous in our neighbourhood for working with the developer to obfuscate the facts about the Boffo tower project at Commercial & Venables.
The Broadway & Commercial meeting is on Tuesday 27th June at the Croatian Culture Centre. There will be a brief 15 minute presentation at 6:00pm and the open house formally runs from 6:15pm to 8:30pm. There will not be an official Q&A session, but who knows what questions might be asked?
Hope to see many of you there!
June 11, 2017
Last night we went to the CD release party for Brainchild. It was held at the S&M Auto Shop on Venables, just around the corner from the Drive, which turned out to be a fabulous place for a band show. It was quite a grand little party with many of our friends there to enjoy it with, and the cover charge got you free beer from Storm which was great.
Image: c. Penny Street
It is a tight, classic rock band, with three guitars, drums and keyboard pushing out a powerful sound. The band’s lead singer Bing, a pal from an activist past, moved some months ago from Grandview to Victoria Island, so it was especially good to see him and his wife once again.
A good night at a surprisingly perfect venue!
June 5, 2017
Just a reminder that tonight’s GWAC meeting, at 7:00pm will feature a joint presentation by the Grandview-Woodland Renters Action Group and the Vancouver Tenants Union on:
Uniting Renters in Grandview-Woodland and Vancouver.
We have a clear majority of renters in our community, so this is an important topic, especially in a time of rapidly increasing rents accompanying a rampant gentrification of the neighbourhood. There will be a discussion after the presentation, so come to the Learning Resource Centre (under Britannia Library on Napier) and have your say.
May 30, 2017
As part of City Planning’s “lipstick on a pig” policy to allow huge towers at Commercial & Broadway, the approved Grandview-Woodland Community Plan required a large and attractive public plaza as part of a redeveloped Safeway site. This was supposed to assuage the aesthetic and social dissonance the massive towers would bring to the area.
Safeway doesn’t like that idea, never has. It doesn’t fit in with what one critic calls their “archaic retail requirement” for a “large suburban store footprint”. In other words, an attractive public plaza would somehow get in the way of their profit-making potential. They are suggesting that any public plaza should be someplace else. It is not clear to me at this point where the alternative plaza is supposed to be, but I suspect it is north of Broadway, toward the Cut, rather than south.
City Planning has decided to have a meeting about this new proposal on Thursday 8th June at 7:00pm at the Croatian Cultural Centre. The meeting is free, but you need to register via Eventbrite.
Even though this meeting is now only nine days away there is no mention of it on the GW Plan website and no notification has been sent to those of us signed up to the GWPlan email list. I know about it merely by chance.
Grandview-Woodland is already famously deficient in public space such as parks and plazas compared to the rest of Vancouver, and the Community Plan as approved does almost nothing to improve the situation. What little we do gain — such as a public plaza at Commercial & Broadway — needs to be protected and indeed enhanced not thrown over for the benefit of a developer.
Register to come to the meeting and let’s make our voices heard!
Update: Some three hours after I posted this, I received an email notification from GWPlan about the meeting.
May 30, 2017
The next GWAC meeting, at 7:00pm on Monday 5th June, will feature a joint presentation by the Grandview-Woodland Renters Action Group and the Vancouver Tenants Union on:
Uniting Renters in Grandview-Woodland and Vancouver.
We have a clear majority of renters in our community, so this is an important topic, especially in a time of rapidly increasing rents accompanying a rampant gentrification of the neighbourhood.
There will be a discussion after the presentation, so come to the Learning Resource Centre (under Britannia Library on Napier) and have your say.
May 21, 2017
The Britannia Renewal project is moving ahead rapidly with a regular schedule of meetings and workshops. The next three are the following:
- May 23, 7:00pm to 8:30pm: Designing Safe Spaces. Meeting in the Britannia Ice Rink Mezzanine. Speakers will discuss the design of spaces with two spirit, trans and gender variant, and women’s safety in mind.
- May 27th, noon to 3:00pm: Public Outdoor Spaces Workshop. Meeting in Gym D. Help imagine the kinds of public outdoor spaces the new Britannia could include.
- May 29th, 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Housing on the Britannia Site. Meeting in B-Lab, Info Centre, Napier Street. There is a suggestion (perhaps even a requirement) that housing be included on the renewed site. What do you think about that? Come along and debate the issues.