Broadway Closure This Weekend

June 13, 2018

With First Avenue restricted why not close Broadway as well?

Work on the rebuilding the Commercial SkyTrain station will involve significant traffic closures this weekend and into next week according to a press release published in the Hive.

TransLink says East Broadway between Commercial Drive and Victoria Drive will be fully closed from 9 pm on Friday, June 15 to 8 am on June, 17 to allow crews to remove a temporary work platform used to construct the new pedestrian overpass across Broadway to provide an additional connection between the Expo Line platforms and the Millennium Line platforms.

There will also be a full eastbound closure of Broadway along the same stretch from 11 pm on Sunday, June 17 to 5 am on Monday, June 18 and a full westbound closure from 11 pm on Monday, June 18 to 5 am on Tuesday, June 19 …

Transit passengers are also affected as beginning this weekend on an interim basis, the No. 9 trolley and 99 B-Line bus stops will move to the west side of Commercial Drive to allow crews to rebuild the sidewalks and install a new, permanent 99 B-Line canopy and queuing system.

Due to this construction, the main station entrance this weekend next to Shoppers Drug Mart will be closed, requiring passengers to enter or exit the station from Commercial Drive or the Broadway entrance on the south side of the street.

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More on St. Francis School

May 15, 2018

In order to help pay for the new school, St. Francis of Assisi parish is planning to sell properties they already own; specifically the three lots addressed as 1967 Napier Street, known as the St. Clare’s Convent.

 

The asking price is $7,325,000.

There is some hope that the heritage building might be saved through an HRA in-fill development (such as happened with the Jeffs Residence, and Brookhouse), but we’ll have to wait and see how that pans out.


Multi-Storey Rezoning: GWAC Debate 7th May

May 4, 2018

The regular  monthly meeting of the Grandview Woodland Area Council takes place next Monday evening, 7th May, at 7:00pm in the Learning Resources Centre under the Britannia Library.

The main item on the agenda will be a panel discussion between Joseph Jones, Betty Murphy, and Jim Lehto on further rezoning plans for Grandview.

In addition to that panel, the GWAC Newsletter this month is full of interesting news about developments in Grandview. Contact GWAC at info@gwac.ca and sign up to get your copy.


Mo’ Bikes On The East Side

April 23, 2018

As previewed at the last GWAC meeting, we now have more details on the expansion of the MOBI bike sharing system to more of the East side.  The Vancouver Courier reports that:

“Fifteen new bike share stations have been installed in the Mount Pleasant and Commercial Drive area. It’s part of an overall expansion of the bike rental system into East Vancouver that will see another 35 stations in place by summer, for a total of about 50 new stations and 500 bikes being made available in that part of the city.”

In Grandview, the new stations are at:

  • Woodland and 10th
  • Commercial and 10th
  • Commercial and 8th
  • Grandview Hwy (near Commercial)
  • Commercial and 4th
  • Commercial and 2nd
  • Commercial and Grant
  • Commercial and Charles
  • Commercial and Napier

The Courier adds that two more stations will be installed in East Vancouver next week at these sites:

  • Commercial and Adanac (bike route)
  • Adanac and McLean (bike route)

The Mobi by Shaw Go service area now includes the Downtown Peninsula, roughly bounded by Victoria Drive, Arbutus Street, 16 Avenue, to the Burrard Inlet and into Stanley Park.  With the present expansion, they are clearly making sure they catch the influx of commuters at the ever-growing Broadway & Commercial transit nexus.

More importantly, I think it is a signal that this kind of integrated mobility system isn’t going away anytime soon, and will only get better as innovation and feedback drive the process forward.


Closing First Avenue

April 5, 2018

Fortis BC have announced that First Avenue will be closed entirely between Clark Drive and Nanaimo Street for most of the summer for the laying of new natural gas pipes.  The closure will start in mid-June and is scheduled to end on 31 August.

Their notice says we “understand local residents and commuters will experience traffic delays.”  You can say that again!


Free Art Studio: Opioid Crisis

March 19, 2018


Major Development at Clark & E. 1st

February 22, 2018

The block of E. 1st Avenue from Clark to McLean Drive on the north side has been owned by the City for quite some time now, and many of us have wondered what might be its ultimate fate. Now we know. According to a release dated 16th February:

“The Province is working with the City of Vancouver and Vancouver Coastal Health to build approximately 100 affordable rental homes, as well as a new withdrawal management centre for people seeking treatment for addictions …

A new evidence-based withdrawal management centre within the planned complex will replace Vancouver Coastal Health’s current withdrawal management services facility on East 2nd Ave. It will include a range of enhanced services such as inpatient and outpatient withdrawal management, and sobering and at-home withdrawal management, which are trauma-informed and culturally appropriate …

The proposed mixed-use redevelopment, located at 1636 Clark Dr. and 1321–1395 East 1st Ave., is a collaborative response to the housing crisis and the health-care needs of the community. It will serve low-to moderate-income people, and include a social enterprise space for local residents, focusing on Indigenous healing and wellness through employment and alignment with culturally informed treatment…

The Province, Vancouver Coastal Health and the City of Vancouver will work with existing tenants on site and the surrounding community to share project details. The proposed project is subject to a rezoning approval by Vancouver city council and a development permit approval process.”

I haven’t seen any design plans yet, but this sounds like a very good use for that space.  More information on the project will be posted at BC Housing website.