Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Please see below a recent email from the City of Vancouver’s False Creek Flats Planner for your information. In the event you want to participate in these opportunities, the instructions are noted below.

We are writing to provide an update on two activities in the False Creek Flats that have potential for your involvement in advancing the implementation of the recently approved plan for the area. The first is a call for development proposals to jump-start the transformation of the larger 9-acre Innovation Hub on 1.5 acres of City owned property at Main and Central through the C40 Reinventing Cities Competition. The second is an update on the process for identifying the future arterial to serve the northern half of the False Creek Flats.

C40 Reinventing Cities Competition:

The City of Vancouver is inviting architects, urban planners, designers, developers, entrepreneurs, environmentalists, start-ups, neighbourhood collectives, innovators and artists to come forward with creative proposals to transform 1.5 acres of centrally located City-owned property through the C40 Reinventing Cities Competition.  Joined by 18 other cities around the world, Vancouver is seeking new models and innovations that can demonstrate new ways for cities to shape the future by fostering environmentally sustainable, resilient, equitable and livable urban developments.

The winning proposal will not only advance the ambitious zero carbon mandate of C40 and achieve the City’s overall goals of the Renewable City Strategy, but also move forward in a creative way many of the aspirations of the recently approved False Creek Flats Plan.  The competition site is within the larger 9-acre (3.7 ha) Innovation Hub, on the western edge of the False Creek Flats and is anticipated to anchor public life in the future, showcasing and fostering new innovations for a variety of economic sectors.  The site is strategically located near public transit, the seawall, and the downtown peninsula and sits directly between the two emerging institutional anchors at the future St. Paul’s Health Campus and the creative campus unfolding at Great Northern Way centred around the newly constructed Emily Carr University of Art and Design.

Recently approved zoning for the site will support a diverse program including roughly 60,000 square feet of market residential and 220,000 square feet of employment space.  In addition to these spaces, integral components of public benefit will be delivered, including 50,000 square feet of non-profit art production space, which will anchor a new creative entrepreneur centre, a central plaza, and non-market housing for artists working in the area.  
Details on the competition, including the requirements and form for submission, are available on the competition website at www.c40reinventingcities.org.  The deadline for Expressions of Interest on this site is June 15, 2018.  Please feel free to share this information and attached poster with anyone you think may be interested in participating.

We hope you will take part in this outstanding opportunity to apply your vision and expertise towards creating a transformative, sustainable development that serves the needs of our city, and we look forward to your inspired submissions.

False Creek Flats Arterial:

As you know, over the last several years the City has been working on finding the best possible option for a new arterial through False Creek Flats so that we can build an over or underpass to separate the rail corridor from the arterial.

The City began engaging on a new arterial through the Flats as part of the False Creek Flats Area Plan. During that process, it became apparent that each option presents challenges, and the City will be seeking further direction from the communities. Over the last several months, the City has been working to hire an independent third-party facilitator to organize a Community Panel, which will explore and recommend the best arterial option through the False Creek Flats.

A community panel is the highest level of community engagement possible, and the City believes that it will provide for a deeper conversation and will result in a recommendation for an arterial option that best meets the needs of all partners involved.  To stay up to date on this process, and for additional information, please visit the process website at http://vancouver.ca/flatsarterial and sign up for the email updates there.

Thank you again for your time and we look forward to your involvement in these initiatives for the future of your False Creek Flats.

False Creek Flats Planning Team

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