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Old Posted Apr 17, 2015, 6:04 PM
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I mentioned this a few weeks ago but it looks like closing lions gate to cars and running transit only is gaining momentum if they're bitching about it.

http://www.nsnews.com/news/north-sho...surd-1.1826681
I grew up on the North Shore and remember hearing about this deal back when it was first made. This happened when the NDP was in power, they selected one of the cheapest options to upgrade the bridge and made this deal to expedite the whole process. They knew they would never win any votes on the North Shore so what did they care?

I highly doubt this agreement will ever happen. If the closure of the Lions Gate bridge depends on the construction of a new crossing, and Vancouver has a policy of "no new lanes" into the city, then why on earth would a government spend billions to move the crossing and have no new capacity to show for it?

The main thing that surprised me about the article was actually how antagonistic the North Shore politicians were towards Gregor Robertson.

“I had no idea of this (bridge closure) side-deal, and I think we’re getting the short end of the stick with TransLink,” MacKay-Dunn (North Vancouver Councilor) said. “I don’t want to pay for Gregor’s train to UBC or the Surrey mayor’s train.”

“I think Mayor Robertson hopes there won’t be any cars in 2030, and we’ll just all be riding bikes,” Mayor Smith commented when asked if he knows Robertson’s position on the bridge closure.
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Old Posted Apr 17, 2015, 7:00 PM
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That just goes to show how clueless politicians are about the history of projects, agreements that are in place, etc.

That was all over the news back then.

BTW - The Province is all over the story with 2 articles -
  • one, by Jason Bateman, unfairly infers Translink as a proponent of the deal
  • the other is more balanced in framing it as a deal between the Vancouver Park Board and the Province of BC, with TransLink and ICBC as signatories.
Neither story, despite stating "eliminating of private vehicles" even suggests that there might be transit - buses or LRT - across the bridge.
They simply focus on Seabus.

http://www.theprovince.com/news/Cloc...652/story.html

http://www.theprovince.com/news/vanc...718/story.html

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Thanks for the renders. Reliance never wound up buying the site and that concept is dead (it was never supported by the City anyway since it created shadowing on the park/community centre).

PortLiving bought "The Views" project last summer. It would surprise me if they redesigned it, but you never know. This is the company that did South Creek Landing at Cambie and 6th.
Thanks for the info.

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Article on the restoration of the 100 block of West Hastings St.:

http://www.vancouversun.com/business...679/story.html
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Old Posted Apr 17, 2015, 7:27 PM
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Article on the restoration of the 100 block of West Hastings St.:

http://www.vancouversun.com/business...679/story.html
Thanks for posting that!
Amazing to compare those photos with even google maps streetview.
There is an additional article that talks about each business: http://www.vancouversun.com/heritage...704/story.html
To round things out, a February article on the Ormidale Building (formerly Asia Imports) that is getting facaded that we read about on the forum a while back: http://www.vancouversun.com/facading...404/story.html
It should be done some time next year. Renders: http://www.collierscanada.com/11665
Only the 8 floor Regal Housing at 144-146 W. Hastings remains to be restored, now the entire rest of the block has been rejuvenated. Very cool!
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Old Posted Apr 17, 2015, 9:33 PM
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From the NMDA Website - This looks like it was/is proosed for the site of that tower called "The Views" next to Erickson's Evergreen Builiding.
The website says the site is owned by Reliance.

http://projects.denari.co/TOWER-X-2013

More renders at the link.


http://projects.denari.co/TOWER-X-2013


http://projects.denari.co/TOWER-X-2013
would've been amazing. but it's dead, right? cause the site says 2013...
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