DEVELOPING STORIES (Oct.)

New towers are popping up on every other street corner in the West End these days, but it's all going according to plan. The West End Community Plan, that is. 

Not everyone was happy about the consultation process or the final Plan, but it does protect substantial parts of the West End from further high-rise development.

All West End developments, except for a few on West Georgia, are within the parameters of the Plan, which replaces the older West End Commercial Policy Plan of 1986 and the West End Residential Area Policy Plan of 1987. You can find and download the Plan here.

Here are updates on the current and proposed developments. This is a preliminary listing and we will have more detail, and information from the City and developers, in future issues:

Alberni Street

1444 Nicola: Two towers of 43 and 48 storeys with approximately 491 units (358 strata units and 133 market rental residential). 

1550: A 43-storey tower with an average price tag of $2,000 per square foot, which means you can grab a studio apartment for something over 1 million. 

Davie Street

1345: Mirabel. Side-by-side 18 and 19-storey buildings with a total of 149 units; 36 studio/one-bedreom/one-bedroom and den, 105 two-bedroom, and eight three-bedroom homes, plus 68 social housing units that will be owned by the City of Vancouver.

1550 / Gabriola House: Sometimes mistakenly referred to as "Gabriola Mansion" since its years as Hy's Mansion restaurant, this West End icon is in the process of being converted into 16 market rental suites, with the addition of four three-story market rental townhouses on the northeast corner of the property. Find The West End Journal's coverage from last March here

1600 Block: Site of the old Safeway, along with numerous other longtime West End businesses. Apparently Safeway will re-open in the new building.

Robson Street

1435: Approved on March 20, 2017. 

1488: Proposal for a 31 and 32 storey mixed-use building with 63 units of social housing and 237 market units.

1500: Proposed 21-storey mixed-use building with 127 secured market rental units.

Georgia Street

1698 : Proposed 46-storey residential building with 128 market units. (Note: This project is outside of the designated West End Plan area). At the site of the former Chevron gas station.

Hastings Street

1250: Between Bute and Jervis. Terrace House. Touted as the world's tallest mostly-wood building, it will stand 19 stories tall behind, and designed as a tribute to, Arthur Erickson's decades old Evergreen.

Burrard Street

969 @ Nelson: First Baptist Church plans the restoration of the curhch, new church ancilliary spaces including a 37-space child daycare, a gymnasium, a counselling centre, and offices. A new 56-story tower will contain 294 market strata residential units and a new eight-story building will contain 66 housing units, owned by the church. 497 underground parking spaces. Bing Thom Architects.

Haro Street

1540: Interior and exterior alterations and an addition to the existing 27-unit multiple dwelling building will add four dwelling units on the main floor by enclosing a portion of the existing parking garage and reducing onsite parking to six spaces.

TALK OF THE TOWN (Oct.)

PETITION TO HALT RENTAL DEMOLITIONS

On July 10, 2018 Councillor Adriane Carr brought forward a motion to Vancouver City Council for a moratorium on the demolition of purpose-built rental housing buildings in Vancouver until measures are implemented to protect both the existing rental housing stock and their affordable rents.

Adriane’s motion notes that city staff are currently exploring various measures to support reinvestment in Vancouver’s existing rental stock, including energy-efficient upgrades. Her motion arises out of the concern that more proposals to demolish existing rental housing may be submitted before solutions can be researched and implemented, exacerbating the housing affordability crisis in Vancouver

Since 2014, the Green Party of Vancouver has been calling for a moratorium on the demolition of older purpose-built rental apartments until we have a replacement plan in place that will protect and preserve affordable homes for the more than half of Vancouverites who rent.

Many people facing eviction as rental buildings are slated for demolition have spoken to Council, asking that our city’s affordable rental housing be protected.  This petition provides an opportunity for their voices and your voice to heard. It will be presented when city council votes on Adriane’s motion, which could be as soon as September 18. Your support will make a difference. Do you support us?

HIGH JUMP HIGH JINKS OVER BARCLAY

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CTV Vancouver
Published Sunday, August 5, 2018 7:28PM PDT
Last Updated Sunday, August 5, 2018 7:55PM PDT

Police in Vancouver are on the lookout for a daredevil who allegedly pulled off a dangerous stunt during the Celebration of Light finale this weekend.

Shortly after the team from South Korea launched their first fireworks over English Bay at 10 p.m. Saturday night, police began receiving reports about a someone base jumping off a West End building and parachuting to the ground near the intersection of Barclay and Broughton streets.

But by the time officers arrived, the person was gone.

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Vancouver's West End is seen in this undated photo.

Police are now looking for video of the incident and witnesses as they try to figure out where the jumper took off from.

The 42-storey Empire Landmark Hotel is one possibility that is tall enough for a parachute to be able to deploy in time.

This isn't the first time such a stunt has been pulled off in and around Vancouver.

Last September, people in the city's Yaletown neighbourhood saw a pair of base jumpers leap from the top of a 43-storey condo building that was under construction.

At the time, police say anyone caught base jumping in the city could be charged with trespassing and mischief.

"There's all kinds of unknown variables," Sgt. Jason Robillard told CTV News. "The wind could pick up, you got get seriously hurt. It's just unsafe on a lot of levels and we want to discourage this type of behaviour."

In May, rescuers had to rappel down the side of the Stawamus Chief to reach a base jumper whose parachute has become caught on the side of the cliff.

"I owe them my life today," base jumper Nathan Anderson said at the time. "I wouldn't be here without them."

The latest daredevil seems to have avoided trouble, at least for now. But that could change if police manage to identify them.

A VIDEO TOUR OF WEST END HISTORY

The West End is a liveable neighbourhood that is home to a unique mix of people and places.

It is a community that features a range of housing, land use, heritage buildings, transportation options, and amenities.

Because demand for new development is growing, we have prepared a community plan to ensure that future growth in the West End meets the needs of the community.

In 2013, community members supported a set of emerging and refined plan directions, including the West End Community Values, which helped shape the community plan. The plan focuses on neighbourhood character, housing, local business, heritage, transportation, and parking.

Follow the link here.

Learn more about the West End Community Plan here.

This video was produced by the City of Vancouver as part of the West End community plan, to give residents a sense of the planning and development historic milestones that shaped their community today. For more info check out: vancouver.ca/westendplan

THEN & NOW (Oct.)

St Paul’s Hospital was originally founded by the Sisters of Providence in 1894. It consisted of 25 beds and was founded in the name of Bishop Paul Durieu OMI, of New Westminster. In 1892 the original land parcel was purchased for $9000, which consisted of 7 lots on the outskirts of Vancouver.

In 1894, the St. Paul’s Burrard Street building began as a 4 story turreted wood frame structure, at the very end of Burrard Street, with nothing more than wagon trails to Beach avenue and English Bay.

In 1904, 10 years after its founding, St Paul’s added 25 more beds to its ward, bringing its total bed count to 50. Shortly thereafter, St Paul’s officially opened its School of Nursing in 1907. St. Paul’s has always been dedicated to success and innovation in medicine, the patient has always come first. Today St Paul’s continues to provide the same welcoming, warm, and friendly care it did during its “cottage” hospital years.

With the completion of the North Wing in 1931, and the South Wing during World War II, St. Paul’s expanded to 500 beds. But it wasn’t enough. In the 1970’s plans were made to remake the whole institution to efficiently fulfill its new role as a referral and tertiary care centre. To efficiently respond to the rapidly expanding and changing needs in Vancouver community care, two 10-story towers were added to the hospital in 1983 and 1991.

The construction of the new South wing of the hospital in 1939/40 cost $500,000. It was a six storey structure with 216ft of frontage providing 200 additional beds, 13 solariums, a special pediatric ward and an ultra modern physiotherapy clinic. This addition also created the new entrance on Pendrell Street.

This wing and 3 story addition added in 1949 cost $225,000. It projects from the front of the building and was primarily built with reinforced concrete and a brick and terracotta front. The architecture was by Smith Bros and Wilson Ltd Gardiner and Thornton.

The first St. Paul’s was a simple wood frame structure built by the Sisters of Providence in 1894. During the great Edwardian-era boom, it was replaced with a new, Renaissance Revival-style structure. Built entirely of red brick, banded at the base, this landmark building was tastefully decorated with extensive terracotta trim and topped with a pantile roof.

The shape of St Paul’s has taken many forms over the last 100 years. Starting with the central core block of the hospital, German-born architect, Robert F. Tegen laid the foundation in 1913. The flanking wings were added between 1931 and 1936, designed by architects Gardiner & Mercer. The hospital was later expanded to the side and rear.

St Paul’s Hospital has a long tradition of implementing creative strategies to meet their objectives. In the 1890’s, when funds were short, the nurses canvassed logging and mining camps, “pre-selling” medical care for 10$.

In 1911, there were 115 beds and 19 sisters with 1864 admissions keeping all beds in use on a continual basis. 1185 free meals and 3972 free prescriptions were given, and special assistance was given to 12 needy families.

In 1992-93 there was 581 beds, 17,877 admissions, 48,428 emergency treatments, 10,291 treatments to day-care patients, and 7266 in-patient surgeries with approximately 1000 nurses and 450 doctors working there.

Over a hundred years after opening its doors, St Paul’s Hospital is renowned as a teaching hospital with a strong research focus. St. Paul’s is recognized provincially, nationally and internationally for its work in the areas of heart disease, kidney disease, nutritional disorders, HIV/AIDS and the care of the disadvantaged.

The architecture of St. Paul’s Burrard Building is a historical Vancouver landmark. Although the Burrard Building is “A” listed on the Vancouver Heritage Registry, it is not protected and could be legally defaced, relocated or demolished. Currently, no protection is in place to canonize this historical Vancouver landmark.

ANGEL’S CRADLE AT ST. PAUL’S HOSPITAL

Sometimes a newborn is unsafely abandoned because the mother feels that she has no other option. The Angel’s Cradle offers an alternative.

The Angel’s Cradle is located inside St. Paul’s Hospital in downtown Vancouver. It is accessible from outside the hospital at the Emergency Department entrance. An angel sign visible from the street indicates the cradle’s location.

At Providence Health Care, we are committed to the health and safety of the newborn and mother, and encourage mothers to make the right choice for themselves and their babies, whether it is parenting, adoption or leaving the baby in Angel’s Cradle.

Providence Health Care, the entity that owns and operates St. Paul’s Hospital, has a bold vision to develop a new St. Paul’s hospital and integrated health campus to transform the future of health care for British Columbians.

By combining critical, emergency and acute hospital-based care with community and primary care, the new St. Paul’s will enable smoother transitions for patients at home, in the community or in the hospital. 

Here's the vision