39-storey mixed use tower located in West Broadway and Granville in Vancouver


Dan Fumano: Broadway’s tallest tower pitched through ‘exceptional’ process

Dan Fumano
The Vancouver Sun

Opinion: Proposed 39-storey rental tower above South Granville subway station would be among Vancouver’s tallest buildings. It will likely be both applauded and derided.

 Architectural renderings showing PCI Developments’ proposal for a 39-storey mixed use tower at the intersection of West Broadway and Granville in Vancouver. Photo by PCI Developments / Musson Cattel /PNG

A local developer wants to transform a landmark Vancouver intersection with the Broadway corridor’s tallest tower.

 

At a recent Vancouver council meeting, several councillors asked city staff how big of a tower PCI Developments could be considering to rise above the subway station being built at the northeast corner of Broadway and Granville?

The reports before council at that July meeting contained no mention of the potential project’s size — Coun. Sarah Kirby-Yung called that question “the elephant in the room.”

At that meeting, staff repeatedly declined to give any indication about what kind of size PCI might be eyeing. Staff said they were merely asking council for permission to consider an application — specifics about the project would be come later, if and when an application could be submitted.

Kirby-Yung pressed staff, citing “speculation and discussion” in the community, and asking: “Is it conceivable it could be 40 storeys?”

 

Staff did not answer. But it turns out the 40-storey speculation wasn’t far off.

Neighbourhood groups have recently started receiving notifications, and in a recent interview, PCI president Tim Grant answered questions about the project.

It’s a big one: a 39-storey mixed-use tower over the South Granville subway station, including a grocery store, offices, retail space, and 223 rental homes, 45 of them below-market units for moderate-income households (defined as household incomes between $30,000 and $80,000). That would make it among Vancouver’s tallest buildings. For comparison, the tallest Bentall office tower downtown has 34 storeys.

Subway station construction site at the northeast corner of Granville and W. Broadway Avenue. Photo by NICK PROCAYLO /PNG

PCI has owned the property at 1477 West Broadway since 2007. It had long housed an RBC branch below three floors of offices. It obtained a permit in 2019 under existing zoning. Construction is now underway there, incorporating the underground subway station, below five storeys of commercial space.

 

But there have long been indications the developer hoped to build something higher.

In 2019, Fairview resident and writer Stanley Q. Woodvine discovered discarded blueprints while dumpster-diving in the neighbourhood, and wrote in The Georgia Straight that details in the documents — including the six levels of underground parking — suggested PCI was envisioning a far taller building than five storeys. He speculated it could be as high as 40 floors.

Grant said Woodvine’s 2019 report “was bang on in some respects.”

PCI’s new proposal envisions 285 car parking spaces, a little less than typical in a development of this size, Grant said, recognizing the site’s direct access to rapid transit. But, he said, the project would also include a “massive” bicycle storage area, with 507 bike spaces.

 

The July city staff report said PCI has “expressed interest as early as 2011 and over the past 10 years with various proposals to rezone the site for additional office, rental residential and retail floor area.”

But since 2019, the city has been working on a new Broadway Plan and in the meantime has been refusing to consider most rezonings along the corridor, except for social housing.

However, the Broadway Plan has been repeatedly delayed.

In 2017, a city report anticipated it would be complete in 2019, before construction started on the Broadway Subway. But major construction on the subway began in this year, and the Broadway plan is still in progress.

Staff told council in July they expect to have a draft in front of council early next year. 

 

Renderings showing PCI Developments’ proposal for a 39-storey mixed use tower at the intersection of West Broadway and Granville in Vancouver. Photo by PCI Developments / Musson Cattel /PNG

That’s why city staff recommended the city consider a PCI rezoning application now, citing exceptional circumstances. Staff said expediting construction would minimize later impacts on access for the South Granville station, which would happen if construction was delayed until after the Broadway Subway begins service.

Council voted last week to allow PCI to submit an application, with three opposed — councillors Kirby-Yung, Rebecca Bligh and Colleen Hardwick — and the other eight in favour.

Just as any proposal for a building that’s taller than neighbouring buildings, PCI’s proposal will face opposition, some of it from familiar voices.

Sean Nardi spoke to council in July, urging them to not consider an application before the Broadway Plan was finished. Nardi, a longtime homeowner in the neighbourhood, helped spearhead a fierce, organized opposition last year to a 28-storey rental building proposed for Broadway and Birch, two blocks east of Granville.

 

Nardi said at that meeting that his group had warned last year that if council approved the 28-storey project — which it did, narrowly — it would “set a precedent for height and density in the Broadway Plan area.”

“Unfortunately,” Nardi said of the prospect of development at Broadway and Granville, “the chickens are already coming home to roost.”

Others will likely view the project differently, especially those who want more transit-oriented development, including rental and non-market housing.

Coun. Christine Boyle commented on frustrations she’d heard in the community that the Broadway subway stations on publicly owned sites — such as the Main Street and VGH stations — have no plans for development above the stations, a seeming missed opportunity. Coun. Pete Fry commented on frustrations about delays in the Broadway Plan. Both voted to allow PCI to submit an application.

 

The developer would have certainly preferred to have city hall adopt the Broadway Plan before work started on the Broadway Subway. That way, there would have been no need for an exception to the rezoning moratorium.

PCI also owns the property around the future Great Northern Way-Emily Carr station, where Grant says it envisions a similar mixed-use development there.

Grant said PCI has been working closely with the city and B.C. Ministry of Transportation’s Broadway Subway project team to get the station built on time, “but there’s no question that this has been a really complicated process, and the drawn-out Broadway Plan has made it that much more challenging.”

“This is definitely suboptimal,” Grant said.

 

Time is a factor, Grant said. “Right now, we’re permitted to build a five-storey building, and we’ll get to level five in the spring of 2022. So we need the city to issue some updated permits to be able to keep us going on site.”

Grant said he hopes his South Granville project could get to a public hearing by this fall. That kind of timeline — from rezoning application to public hearing within a couple of months — would generally be unthinkable in Vancouver, in normal circumstances. PCI obviously hopes city hall will see this circumstance as exceptional.

 

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The lowrise development sells for $699 located in 520 West 28th Avenue


Contemporary design, classic features give Lilibet a high-end esthetic

Kathleen Freimond
The Vancouver Sun

The lowrise development at 520 West 28th Avenue offers one-, two- and three-bedroom garden and townhomes in eight buildings on the site

 Artist rendering of the Lilibet project by Intergulf Development Group. PNG

Inspiration for the names developers assign to their residential buildings comes from myriad places. For Intergulf Development Group’s recently launched project in Vancouver’s West Side, it was just across the street, the famous Queen Elizabeth Park. In a nod to the importance of the park to the neighbourhood, the Queen’s nickname, Lilibet, was chosen for the 59-home development.

 

Although “Lilibet” recently garnered a lot of attention when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle chose the name for their daughter, Shaadi Faris, chief operating officer for Intergulf, says the project was named last year, well before the birth of the Sussex’s second child.

“We did the name and branding before the baby was born – we were inspired by Queen Elizabeth Park, an anchor [amenity] in the neighbourhood, and wanted to emphasize the location. When the baby was called Lilibet it was a happy coincidence, it attracted some attention and a few laughs,” he says.

The lowrise development at 520 West 28th Avenue includes one-, two- and three-bedroom garden and townhomes in eight buildings on the site that occupies almost an entire block in the area that falls within phase three of the Cambie Corridor Plan (CCP). 

 

Homes at Lilibet will have easy-to-live-with colour schemes. PNG

Vancouver City Council developed the 30-year CCP to manage change and growth along the Canada Line, part of Translink’s SkyTrain system. Phase three addresses land use off the arterial roads and allows for townhomes in some existing single-family neighbourhoods.

Following Intergulf’s earlier phase one Cambie Corridor project, Empire at Queen Elizabeth Park, Faris says the company was familiar with the area and was on the lookout for a development opportunity in phase three of the plan.

He says while there is a shortage of townhouses in Metro Vancouver, Intergulf decided to include single-level garden units in Lilibet in addition to traditional multi-level townhouses.

“What we wanted to do was [build homes] where everyone had their own front door – something that is really appealing in beautiful mature neighbourhoods like this – and also provide a mix of home types to appeal to a wider variety of buyers. While townhouses are very desirable, we also considered there are people who don’t want to have to deal with stairs, so we offered this product mix instead of townhouse-only product,” says Faris.

 The roof decks range from 300 to 500 square feet. PNG

He points out a diversity of housing forms provides different price points and choices of the type of home people want to live in, noting many potential buyers are residents of the area who want to downsize but stay in the community; or young families and first-time buyers who grew up in the West Side and would like to stay in the neighbourhood but for whom a single-family home is not achievable. Lilibet gives them the option to stay in their community and step into homeownership.

Faris says the building design, by Gateway Architecture, reflects a modern, West-Coast esthetic with a focus on outdoor space and maximizing the views. The buildings, each with five to 12 homes, were planned to retain a beautiful, mature 22-metre-high Deodar Cedar on the site.

One-bedroom homes have patios in the front and back, while the two-bedroom units have a staircase leading to large rooftop decks. The three-bedroom homes have decks off the top-floor master bedrooms. The roof decks range from 300 to 500 square feet. 

Kitchens will have Miele appliances, including a refrigerator with bottom mounted freezer and a five-burner gas cooktop. Photo by Supplied /PNG

“The slope of the land toward the downtown core will give residents sweeping views from Vancouver East towards Burnaby to the west and all the way to the North Shore mountains and beyond – those views are incredible,” says Faris.

The landscaped central courtyard with plantings including rhododendrons and hydrangea, incorporates a children’s play area, garden plots for green-thumbed residents, and a fire pit and seating. The surrounding area also has many amenities.

“Queen Elizabeth Park is the star of the neighbourhood, and within a two-to-five-minute walk there is also the Hillcrest Community Centre and the King Edward SkyTrain station. A little farther south is Main Street, where there’s lots of shopping and dining. Another big attraction is the Oakridge Shopping Centre, currently being redeveloped.

“What’s so appealing is that you’re close to these shopping areas – people can go to Oakridge or Main Street where there’s lots of activity, but when they return to this area, it’s much quieter,” says Faris.

Terrazzo floor and wall tiles and double vessel  sinks in the ensuite bathrooms. Photo by Supplied /PNG

The interiors at Lilibet combine the clean look of contemporary design with classic features to create a high-end esthetic and easy-to-live-with colour schemes, says Ian Wong, director of interior design at BAM Interior.

 

The European-inspired cabinetry choices in the kitchen and bathrooms (white or a warm grey) differentiate the two colour palettes, Contemporary and Westcoast.

In the kitchen, the soft-close cabinetry has no visible hardware, with Wong opting instead for J-pulls, shaped grooves for opening drawers and doors. Subtle tone-on-tone variations in the white countertops complement the Miele kitchen appliances, including a refrigerator with bottom mounted freezer and a five-burner gas cooktop. A black matte faucet and shelf mounted on the backsplash add contrast to the palettes.

In the ensuite bathrooms, terrazzo floor and wall tiles, double vessel sinks with wall-mounted faucets and an illuminated open shelf beneath the vanity reflect the hotel and spa-like features the designers included to create a sophisticated ambience.

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Lilibet’s underground parkade includes electric vehicle outlets in every parking stall plus bicycle storage rooms and E-bike charging stations. Some homes have direct access to the parkade. Completion is scheduled for 2023.

Project: Lilibet – Homes at Queen Elizabeth Park

Project address: 528 – 592 West 28th Avenue

Developer: Intergulf Development Group

Architect: Gateway Architecture

Interior designer: BAM Interior

Project size: 59 townhomes and garden homes

Number of bedrooms: One-, two- and three-bedrooms

Price: From $699,000

Sales centre: 3317 Cambie Street, Vancouver

Sales centre hours: 12 noon to 5 p.m. daily, except Fridays. By appointment only.

Phone: 604-879-0030

Website:intergulf.com/lilibet

 

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235% sales spiked between April 2020 and March 2021 pushing the average home price up by 44%(CREA)


80% of Canadians Feel Low Interest Rates Harming Affordability

Penelope Graham
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The COVID-19 pandemic, and the resulting provincial school and economic lockdowns, have been a unique time for the Canadian housing market. As people remained indoors amid mandated stay-at-home orders, the concept of home became more than just a roof over our heads, expanding to include the workplace, school, workout space, and entertainment centre.

This has driven unprecedented sales and price growth over the course of 2020 and 2021; according to the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), national sales spiked 235% between April 2020 and March 2021, pushing the average home price up by 44%. New buying trends that accounted for lockdown lifestyle needs emerged, such as the desire for at-home office space, green space, and accessibility to delivery services. As more people worked remotely, housing demand boomed in smaller cities and towns, fueling urban flight.

However, now that lockdown measures have largely lifted across Canada it’s apparent these pandemic-driven trends are starting to shift. Buyer urgency has clearly subsided as the July CREA data reveals sales are now dipping below year-ago levels, and the pace of price growth is starting to calm on a monthly basis. As the economy and society at large re-opens, how have real estate sentiments changed among Canadians?

To find out, Zoocasa surveyed over 1,400 respondents to get a pulse on their post-lockdown preferences regarding desirable home characteristics, housing affordability, and the ability to work from home. The findings were then compared to like-for-like responses collected in February 2021 – amid a record-breaking real estate market –  to gauge how feelings have changed from during to after lockdown measures.

Related read: 32% of Buyers Purchased Property Further than Previously Considered

Canadians Increasingly Feel Home Prices are Out of Control in Smaller Markets

According to the survey results, Canadians are considerably more likely to feel home prices in suburban areas and smaller towns have increased at unsustainable levels; a strong majority of 77.2% of respondents agreed, which is a 25.4% increase from when this question was asked in February 2021. 

Overall tight market conditions are top of mind – when asked about the main areas of concern when purchasing a home, respondents indicated affordability, engaging in a bidding war, and timing the market were the top three.

 Canadians Feel Low Mortgage Rates are Harming More Than Helping

To help stimulate the national economy during the jobs and spending downturn that occurred during the pandemic lockdown, the Bank of Canada – the central bank that establishes the country’s monetary policy via its trend-setting interest rate – has kept the cost of borrowing at a record low. The Overnight Lending Rate, which consumer banks use to set their own mortgage and lines of credit rates, has been 0.25% as of March 2020.

This has led to lenders offering record-low mortgage rates, and this cheap cost of borrowing has been a contributing factor to sales and price growth over the course of the pandemic. According to the survey findings, Canadians are increasingly in disagreement that today’s low cost of borrowing is making it easier to buy a home. While 47% agree that low mortgage rates have improved affordability for home buyers, that’s a slight decrease from February. Meanwhile, 34.4% of respondents disagreed with that statement – an increase of 12.1%.

Overwhelmingly, Canadians feel low mortgage rates are driving up the prices of homes; 80.5% indicated they agreed with that statement (up 32.8%), while 7.4% disagree (+4.1%). Overall, 38.1% of respondents agree that low mortgage rates have impacted their desire to buy a property.

 Nearly 25% of Canadians to Take a Hybrid Approach to the Workplace

As economic re-opening plans take effect across Canada, many employers are announcing what their post-lockdown strategies will entail. For those who moved away from city centres due to their ability to work remotely, this has raised the question of whether some will need to return, potentially fuelling a new buying trend.

According to the survey data, -7.1% fewer respondents reported they will continue to work from home following the end of COVID-19 lockdown measures, at a total of 29.7%. An additional 24.2% reported that they have a hybrid working arrangement, which is an increase of 6.4%. Meanwhile, the number of respondents currently working solely from the workspace remained unchanged from the February response.

 Home Offices and Green Space Still Highly Sought After, But Less Than in the Spring

As many Canadians continue to work remotely, homes with office space continue to be in high demand – though at a lesser rate than in February, perhaps indicating a renewed interest in urban living. A total of 43% of respondents stated that office space has become a more desirable home characteristic, a change of -15.9%.

A large majority (65.8%) said outdoor space remains at the top of their lists, indicating that a yard, deck, or balcony has become a more desirable characteristic, though this also marks a -10.5% decline from February.

Finally, access to delivery service remains top of mind, with 55.4% of respondents saying it is more important, though also down -8.10% from February, perhaps reflecting expanded access to in-person shopping.

The Majority of Those Looking to Buy Have a Household Income of Over $100,000

As the national average home price has increased to above $600,000, prospective buyers need to have increasingly higher income levels in order to be competitive in the market. According to the survey, of those who indicated they’re looking to buy a home (56.55% of respondents), 50% have a household income of over $100,000. Of these, 20% are in an income bracket above $160,000, while 32% report an income below $100,000.

This was reflected even in the most affordable segments of the market:

  • Of the respondents who indicated they wished to purchase a condo (14.46%), 49.15% reported an income over $100,000. A total of 27.97% are below the $100,000 range, while 22.8% prefer not to answer.
  • Of the respondents who indicated they wished to purchase a detached house (62.38%), 50.4% have an income above $100,000, and 32.4% below (17% prefer not to answer).
  • Of the respondents who indicated they wished to purchase a semi-detached house (7.23%) 52.5% have an income above $100,000, with 35.5% below (11.8% prefer not to answer).
  • Of the respondents who indicated they wished to purchase a townhouse, (12.25%), 48% have an income above $100,000, with 36% below (16% prefer not to answer).

 Methodology

The findings are based on an online survey conducted by Zoocasa between August 2 and August 11, 2021 of 1,485 respondents in Canada. A margin of error cannot be assigned because it is an online survey, however, the margin of error for a comparable sample of the same size is plus or minus 2.0 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

*Combination of 4 and 5 responses from range where 1 = not at all concerned, 3 = neutral, and 5 = extremely concerned.

**Combination of 1 and 2 responses from range where 1 = not at all concerned, 3 = neutral, and 5 = extremely concerned.

***Combination of 4 and 5 responses from a range where 1 = strongly disagree, 3 = neutral, and 5 = strongly agree.

****Combination of 1 and 2 responses from a range where 1 = strongly disagree, 3 = neutral, and 5 = strongly agree.

*****Combination of 4 and 5 responses from range where 1 = much less desirable, 3 – neutral, and 5 – much more desirable.

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Making the home purchasing process more transparent if re-elected | Trudeau


Trudeau vows ban on foreign buyers

Fergal McAlinden
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The pledge comes as the debate over affordable housing heats up in the federal election campaign

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has promised to introduce a two-year ban on foreign home buyers and make the home purchasing process more transparent if re-elected.
The Liberal Party leader told a crowd in Hamilton, Ontario that a Liberal-led government would “crack down on predatory speculators that stack the deck against you,” if returned to power in the September election, while also pledging to build more homes and introduce a rent-to-own scheme.
“You shouldn’t lose a bidding war on your home to speculators. It’s time for things to change,” he said. “No more foreign wealth being parked in homes that people should be living in… If you work hard, if you save, that dream of having your own place should be in reach.”
In its newly-published “Home Buyers’ Bill of Rights” the Liberals also promised to lower CMHC mortgage insurance rates by 25% and introduce a tax-free savings account for first-time buyers.
Trudeau’s comments were the prime minister’s latest bid to win over voters on the housing issue, one that has emerged as a potent topic in the federal election campaign with house prices having surged across Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Read more: How new immigrants could help shape the Canadian mortgage market
Hamilton, the scene of Trudeau’s remarks, saw a 23.8% year-over-year increase in aggregate house prices in the second quarter of 2021, rising from $613,750 to $760,000.
Current policies around foreign buyers have faced particular criticism in Vancouver, with real estate purchases by non-residents becoming increasingly popular.
Conservative Party leader Erin O’Toole has vowed in his party’s own housing plan to introduce a two-year trial ban on foreign buyers who don’t intend to live in Canada, a measure he said was aimed at addressing the country’s housing “crisis.”
“The supply of homes – to own as well as to rent – is not keeping up with our growing population and too many foreign investors are sitting on properties as investments.”
New Democratic Party leader Jagmeet Singh said that he would implement a 20% foreign homebuyers’ tax on the sale of homes to individuals who are not Canadian permanent residents or citizens.
Canadians are set to go to the polls on September 20.

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The giant project proposed in Senakw development in Vancouver


A road through Vanier Park? Kits Point resident says people signing up to protest proposal

John Mackie
The Vancouver Sun

 Jeremy Braude in front of a sign for the proposed Senakw development beside the Burrard Bridge in Vancouver, which is projected to house 9,000 people. Photo by Francis Georgian /PNG

Looking through the website for the Senakw development beside the Burrard Bridge in Vancouver, Jeremy Braude noticed something unusual.

In an illustration of the giant project, which is projected to house 9,000 people, there is a road on the north side of the development.

The catch is, the road seems to be in Vanier Park.

Alarmed, Braude decided to inform the public. He made up pamphlets and signs that read “No Vanier Park Road,” and dropped them off around the nearby Kitsilano Point neighbourhood.

He also put together a website that shows where he thinks the road will go, in red, through a grassy area of Vanier Park.

“The signs are very effective,” he said. “I’m getting a lot of people who scanned the QR code on the signs, which takes them to my website, and they sign up for protests regularly. I’m getting five to 10 people every day, people who have just walked by.”

Braude said 141 people have signed on for the protest so far, in only a few weeks. But he said the city hasn’t been forthcoming about what is happening.

“We had a Zoom talk with the city, and I asked them, ‘Is the road a fait accompli?’” he said. “And they said, ‘No it’s not, it’s under negotiation, but we can’t say anything about it. It’s in camera, all the discussions.’”

Senakw is being developed by the Squamish First Nation in concert with Westbank, one of Vancouver’s biggest developers.

It is located on four hectares of land that was expropriated from what was once the Kitsilano Indian Reserve for railway land in 1906. The Squamish sued for the return of the land in 1986, and a court awarded them Senakw in 2000.

Because it is reserve land, the City of Vancouver has said it has no jurisdiction to regulate the development. So the Senakw plan is very dense, with 12 towers up to 59 stories high on either side of the Burrard Bridge.

Squamish First Nation councillor Khelsilem said he couldn’t comment on the proposed road. The Vancouver Park Board said in a message that it “leases this area of the park from the federal government. As such, the ultimate approver for the right to construct the proposed road is the federal government.”

A photo-illustration of where Kits Point resident James Braude thinks a road might go in what is now Vanier Park. 

According to the website areavibes.com, there are 1,641 people in Kits Point, which means Senakw could potentially have 5.5 times its population. Braude said Kits Point residents are worried about increased traffic, but the big issue is “being ignored by the city.”

“It’s a bit insulting when you have a huge development, (almost) 10,000 people, and you don’t consult the neighbours as to what’s going on,” he said. “You do it in secret, no transparency. It’s just not nice, you know?”

That said, the part of Vanier Park where the road would be located is rarely, if ever, used because it is a big open field and park users tend to head for the waterfront.

“Yes, it is the most under-utilized part of the park, but it’s overall a very utilized park,” said Braude. “There’s a lovely pathway there where brand-new trees have been planted, a sort of gravel path, and there’s plenty of people who use it on a daily basis — cyclists, visitors.

“But (the issue is) the incursion of a roadway through a park when it’s actually not necessary … the boundaries of the actual development abut Chestnut Street, which gives them access to their development. So an extra road just allows for a maximum densification of the site.”

Senakw was the Squamish name for a long-time First Nations settlement that became the Kitsilano Indian Reserve in 1868. The reserve was expanded to 80 acres in 1877.

It was more or less on the site of today’s Vanier Park, although it stretched as far south as First Avenue, which means it included the approaches to the Burrard Bridge, the former Molson’s Brewery, and Seaforth Armoury.

After Vancouver was established in 1886, however, the reserve was coveted by various interests. A scandal erupted in 1913 when the provincial government announced it had purchased the reserve from 20 males of the Squamish nation who lived on the site, for $225,000.

The deal was so controversial the federal government wouldn’t let the province take over the land. But Ottawa didn’t give the land back to the Squamish, buying it from the province in 1928 for $350,000.

It was used as a military base during the Second World War, and in 1947 the federal government gave the Squamish an additional $250,000 for the land. Ottawa also finally gave the province the $350,000 it had agreed to but never paid in 1928. The federal government leased the land for Vanier Park to the city in 1967.

In 1977, the Squamish Nation launched a suit to get back some of the land it had lost, and in 2000 the federal government gave the First Nation $92.5 million for the loss of the Kitsilano Reserve and parts of North Vancouver and the town of Squamish.

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 The plan for the Senakw development in Kitsilano calls for a road at the top of the site, beside or perhaps in Vanier Park. Illustration from the Senakw website. The road would be located north of Parkview Towers, the Y shaped building at 1450 Chestnut. 

A front page Vancouver Sun story about the sale of the Kitsilano Reserve on the March 13, 1913 alleged “trickery” was used by the provincial government to buy the 77 acre parcel for a fraction of its true value.

Story in the March 5, 1947 Vancouver Sun on the federal government’s purchase of the Kitsilano Indian Reserve. The feds gave $350,000 to the province, which they had agreed to in 1928 but never handed over. It also gave $250,000 to the Squamish First Nation “for the rights they claim still to have in the  reserve.” Most of rthe 77 acre parcel is now Vanier Park.

Sign in Kitsilano Point opposing a proposed road along the edge of Vanier Park. PNG

 A closeup from a Tourist Guide Map of Vancouver City and Park, 1898, showing the location of the Kitsilano Indian Reserve. Note there is no Burrard Bridge (which wasn’t built until 1932), and that Burrard was called Cedar south of False Creek. Granville street south of False Creek was known as Centre Street, and Cambie was Bridge Street. The map was compiled by Garden, Herman and Burwell, Engineers and Surveyors, and published by Thomson stationary. Vancouver Archives AM1594-: MAP 35. Photo by Herman and Burwell Engineers and /PNG

The western end of the Senakw development ends at Creelman Street. Photo by Arlen Redekop /PNG

 A sign for the Senakw development in Kitsilano Point in Vancouver. The building in the background is Parkview Towers at 1450 Creelman Street, the last building before the Burrard Bridge on the south side of False Creek. Senakw will be on both sides of the bridge; on the this, the Vanier Park (north) side, the Senakw land is currently trees. Photo by John Mackie /PNG

Immediately north of the Senawk project is a big empty field that is part of Vanier Park. The field is rarely used. A proposed road to Senawk might be located along the southern tip of the field. PNG

 The proposed road along the edge of Vanier Park might be located about here, beside the row of trees that have been recently planted. PNG 

 

© 2021 Vancouver Sun



Vancouver mansion located at 4868 Drummond Drive sold for the listing price of $39.9M


Ex-student aims for near-record Vancouver mansion deal

Graeme Wood
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