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Concord purchase of central industrial site has everyone in a flap

April 13th, 2016 · 15 Comments

It’s amazing how much interest there has been in Vancouver’s beer factory at the south end of the Burrard Bridge.

Ever since Molson announced it was being sold, there’s been speculation about the buyer and the price and the future.

It’s not the first time Vancouver’s west side has gone through this. For you youngsters, the decision to close the Carling O’Keefe brewery at Arbutus and 12th in the early 1990s resulted in one of the most exhausting brawls in the history of the planning department, as residents resisted any form of development that they thought wouldn’t fit in with the primarily residential neighbourhood.

It’s going to be just as tough this time, as the whole region is focused on trying to preserve industrial land, whatever that means on a piece of land in the middle of one of the more expensive cities on the continent.

Here’s the story about the news that Concord Pacific bought the land, with plans for some kind of “sustainable mixed-use development” and my follow-up on what councillors and urban-land specialists think should or will happen.

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