City approves ambitious plan for Northeast False Creek


The northeast corner of False Creek has long been something of a no man’s land. Pre-Expo 86 it was largely industrial; post-Expo it’s mostly been parking lots.

But not for much longer. After a long and sometimes tortuous special council meeting Tuesday, Vancouver council passed its Northeast False Creek plan.

The 20-year plan includes $1.7 billion in benefits for the city, which hopes to recoup most or even all of the cost from development levies and contributions from the federal and provincial governments.

Six hundred million dollars will go to affordable housing, and $360 million to “critical infrastructure” such as tearing down the Georgia and Dunsmuir Viaducts and replacing them with a new street network.

The basic idea is to redevelop the site into a new waterfront neighbourhood with 10,000 to 12,000 residents. It will have an Indigenous name, which will be determined after consultation with the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil Waututh First Nations.

Most of the new residents will be housed in 20 to 25 highrise towers that will stretch from the Plaza of Nations on the west to Carrall Street on the east.

Many will be market condos, but one area will be set aside as rental, and there will be lots of social housing in the mix — 1,800 units, which are expected to house about 3,500 people.

Artist’s conception of the new neighbourhood the city of Vancouver is planning for Northeast False Creek. Fpr a John Mackie story. [PNG Merlin Archive]

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Artist’s conception of the new neighbourhood the city of Vancouver is planning for Northeast False Creek.

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Source:: Vancouver Sun

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