Gardens go communal in Southeast False Creek

Let’s be clear here – communal sure, but more in the way that elite posh private schools are communal and their students are free to use the facilities. But not to fear – you too can have access to the gorgeous rooftop oasis of a communal garden, with the small one time investment of $438,000 which gets you exclusive use of 1 bed 1 bath 550 sq ft apartment on the second floor – and unlimited access to the rooftop and skylounge. Feel free to contact me for more information!!

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Reblogged from The Georgia Straight | Stephen Hui

FROM THE ROOF of the James in southeast False Creek, the 360-degree view includes downtown Vancouver, City Hall, and the North Shore mountains. The terrace atop the 155-unit condo building at 288 West 1st Avenue, built by Cressey Development Group in 2012, features a barbecue, kids’ play area, and lounge.

James residents Matt Cooke and Carlson Hui gave the Georgia Straight a tour of the three raised beds and six pots that comprise the communal garden that occupies the rest of the 14th-floor space. The largest bed is home to 12 plots named after nearby streets, the pots contain herbs, and there’s a compost bin, which will soon be joined by a rain barrel.

“We have all of our lettuces and tomatoes here,” said Cooke, who is a food, nutrition, and health student at the University of British Columbia. “Around the corner, we have mint.”

Although the typical community garden consists of plots maintained by individual users as well as common areas, this rooftop garden is a truly collective endeavour. Participating units pay $25 a year to join the provisionally named James Garden Club and then take part in scheduled planting and harvest days.

According to Cooke, the year-old communal garden has “brought the building together”. Residents have an incentive to help out on harvest days, because they get a share of the crops.

Hui, who works for Lululemon Athletica, noted that strata members approved the communal-garden concept at a meeting in early 2013. He maintained that the garden has been the catalyst for residents to organize events such as barbecues, bike rides, hikes, and potlucks.

“This year, what we found interesting is how this has provided a foundation for community for the entire building,” Hui said. “So, it’s sort of gone beyond gardening.”

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Northeast False Creek Website Launched!

The City of Vancouver has announced the launch of Northeast False Creek Website!

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This website will be a major communication tool throughout the planning process.

Northeast False Creek (NEFC) is a local and regional hub of sports, culture, and events venues, including BC Place Stadium, Rogers Arena, and the Plaza of Nations.

NEFC remains one of the largest undeveloped areas in the downtown peninsula.

The City aims to create an active and diverse waterfront neighbourhood by replacing the viaducts with a new ground-level road network.

Removing the viaducts and realigning the road network will maintain the essential movement of goods and services to and from Downtown, and allow for:

  • Improved connections between Vancouver’s historic neighbourhoods and False Creek
  • More park space on the False Creek waterfront
  • Development of the vacant City-owned blocks on either side of Main Street (now interrupted by the viaducts)
  • New housing opportunities, including affordable housing

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Recent Updates (as of Jan 2014)

55 Expo Boulevard (International Village School)
November 1, 2013 – Construction on the International Village Elementary School will move forward, as amendments to the legal agreement registered against Andy Livingstone Park were granted without opposition.

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Northeast False Creek & Eastern Core Consultation Questionnaire

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Panorama of False Creek, showing BC Place, Plaza of Nations, and Science World with downtown in the background. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Time to get your public consultation hat on and participate in those City of Vancouver surveys! The N.E. False Creek (think BC Place) and Eastern Core (Terminal Ave) public consultation questionnaire is open until August 26th, 2013 only.

Click here to visit the survey.

Note this is the survey before the actual public consultation happens, questions including how best to reach the public, if certain forms of town meeting / advisory committee are preferred over others such as online surveys and idea forums.

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The City of Vancouver will be undertaking two parallel planning processes for Northeast False Creek (including the viaducts replacement) and the Eastern Core (including the False Creek Flats, and is generally bounded by Main Street, Prior/Venables Street, Clark Drive and Great Northern Way).

Through these planning processes, the City has a strong desire to engage local residents, organizations and businesses in the development of the plans.  We want to ensure we hear a diversity of perspectives from people who care about and are impacted by future plans for these areas of our city while also considering the possible needs of future residents and businesses in the areas.