De­vel­oper plans to cre­ate in­terim park

Real Es­tate Car­l­ito Pablo

The Georgia Straight - - Housing -

Van­cou­ver may have a new down­town wa­ter­front desti­na­tion this sum­mer.

Con­cord Pa­cific is trans­form­ing a third of its False Creek North prop­erty be­tween B.C. Place Sta­dium and Science World into a tem­po­rary park.

The pub­lic space was of­fered by the prop­erty de­vel­oper as part of its ap­pli­ca­tion to con­tinue us­ing the site at 88 Pa­cific Boule­vard as a pre­sen­ta­tion cen­tre.

The in­terim park will be lo­cated on the east­ern side of the prop­erty, which has been used as rental space for spe­cial events and shows like the Cirque du Soleil.

Ac­cord­ing to Patsy chair of the False

Creek Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion

(FCRA), the City of Van­cou­ver’s de­vel­op­ment-per­mit board has ap­proved Con­cord Pa­cific’s pro­posal.

The FCRA pre­vi­ously bat­tled and lost to Con­cord Pa­cific in court over the com­pany’s com­mer­cial use of the al­most four-hectare site.

In 1990, the en­tire area was des­ig­nated for park use by the city in its of­fi­cial de­vel­op­ment plan for False Creek North, wherein it will be­come an ex­ten­sion of the ad­ja­cent Creek­side Park.

How­ever, the de­liv­ery of the new park is tied to the de­vel­op­ment of a neigh­bour­ing Con­cord Pa­cific prop­erty, which is sub­ject to a deal in­volv­ing the B.C. pro­vin­cial govern­ment and the city over the re­me­di­a­tion and trans­fer of con­tam­i­nated soils.

As Con­cord Pa­cific’s per­mit to use the site for its three pre­sen­ta­tion build­ings was about to ex­pire, the com­pany ap­proached the city, park board, and FCRA for an ex­ten­sion and its of­fer for an in­terim park.

Ac­cord­ing to FCRA chair Mcmil­lan, her or­ga­ni­za­tion met three times with PWL Part­ner­ship Land­scape Ar­chi­tects Inc., which has been re­tained by the prop­erty de­vel­oper, over the de­sign of the pub­lic space.

Mcmil­lan said that the more than one-hectare spot will in­clude three lawns and a sep­a­rate part that is planned to be “sandy like a beach”.

“I think af­ter wait­ing for 27 years for a park to be there…peo­ple are ex­cited about see­ing some­thing other than ce­ment there for the first time in all these years,” Mcmil­lan told the Ge­or­gia Straight in a phone in­ter­view, “and it’s go­ing…to be used by the com­mu­nity as well…[and] any­body else in Van­cou­ver who goes there.”

Al­though the pro­vi­sion of the pub­lic space might be wel­come progress, Mcmil­lan stressed that it is not yet the per­ma­nent park that res­i­dents have longed for in the area.

Ac­cord­ing to Mcmil­lan, Con­cord Pa­cific is pay­ing to build and main­tain the field, which will re­main part of its pri­vate prop­erty un­til its other land in False Creek North is de­vel­oped.

Mcmil­lan said the recre­ation area is ex­pected to be com­plete be­tween June and Septem­ber this year.

Con­cord Pa­cific will trans­form part of False Creek North this sum­mer.

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