Vancouver’s Northeast False Creek plan continues to wind its way through the system, generating ripples of unease about the high amount of density being allowed in that neighbourhood. That’s in a part of town where you wouldn’t really have to buy a ticket to U2 or anyone else who played in the stadium there, since you’d be able to hear every note from your living room.
The plan, or high-level review, to use the proper term, is coming to council for another round of discussion this Thursday. Among the concerned speakers will be the indefatigable Patsy McMillan, a resident from the Citygate development who started poking city hall and Concord Pacific the day she moved in about their obligations to develop that corner of False Creek the day and hasn’t stopped since.
Here’s one of the message she sent me recently about her concerns with the development of this sometimes forgotten corner of the creek.
On the table now is the re-configuration of Creekside Park extension, a 9.06 acre park that has been promised to the city for 20 years by the contract signed and sealed by Concord Pacific in exchange for the developemnt of 7,650 residential units in the ODP for NFC.
Now, as part of some land swap there is a proposal to build condo towers along Pacific Blvd, effectively cutting the park depth in half and stringing it out lengthwise towards the Plaza beside the walkway. This is not what they contracted 20 years ago.
They now have more than 10,000 residential units with no further required amenities. The proposed increased density of 7200 more residents in NEFC could make the most livable city unlivable.
Also, if condo towers rise along Pacific Blvd. that will wipe out the Seymour Mtn. view corridor from the south side of FC as high as City Hall. Not to mention the purchasers of the Millenium property no longer having views of anything other than Concord buildings.
This is extremely detirmental to the community that surrounds this promised park, makes it an elitist private area rather than the public realm that is needed to support children from the eastside of Vancouver.