Massive Northeast False Creek area plan to transform waterfront

Transformative Northeast False Creek area plan will deliver new parks, community amenities, condos, office space, retail and social housing

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City of Vancouver staff member explains model of the Northeast False Creek area plan at Saturday's open house.

The City of Vancouver held an open house for the Northeast False Creek area plan today, showing off building models and future road networks to replace the viaducts.

The area covered by the plan is massive, and runs along the waterfront from Smithe Street inland to Gore Avenue. It’s also adjacent to the new St. Paul’s hospital proposed for the False Creek Flats, east of Station Street, and will include a new arterial route to take pressure off Prior Street.

Northeast False Creek area plan
Area of downtown Vancouver covered by the Northeast False Creek area plan. Credit: City of Vancouver

The land is the last, large piece of undeveloped waterfront property in downtown Vancouver, and is owned by several property developers, as well as the City of Vancouver, who owns the parcels of land east of Quebec Street where the viaducts currently are.

The city plans to sell off these parcels through a request for proposals (RFP) process, but first needs to construct a new street network to replace the viaducts, which soon will be demolished. The land was formerly Hogan’s Alley, the centre of Black culture in Vancouver, and was hastily demolished by the then-NPA government in the 1970s to make way for the viaducts.

Video: Northeast False Creek animation

NEFC-Animation Openhouse Nov 2017 from Joseph Hruda on Vimeo.

The massive Northeast False Creek area plan can be broken down to four subareas:

Subarea 6B: Former of Plaza of Nations

Plaza of Nations 6B James Km Cheng Architects
Model of the subarea 6B development by Canadian Metropolitan Properties Corp. on the site of the former Plaza of Nations.
Model of the Plaza of Nations development by Canadian Metropolitan Properties Corp.
Aerial of Plaza of Nations 6B
Aerial of Plaza of Nations redevelopment.
View of the Plaza of Nations from Science World.
View of the Plaza of Nations from Science World.

Developer: Canadian Metropolitan Properties Corp.
Architect: James KM Cheng

Highlights

  • Approx. 1.7 million sq ft of new residential and non-residential use
  • 20 per cent social housing
  • community centre including ice rink, arts and performance space
  • new storefronts on Pacific Blvd.
  • terraced green roofs
  • approx. 2.7 ac. of new parks and open space

Subarea 6C: Concord Pacific

View towards North of Concord Pacific development 6C
Concord Pacific proposal for subarea 6C.
View from Creekside Park and Carrall of Concord 6C
View towards north, showing Concord Pacific’s development in subarea 6C.
Model of the Concord Pacific development in subarea 6C
Model of the Concord Pacific development in subarea 6C.
Aerial of subarea 6C Concord Pacific
Aerial view of Concord Pacific subarea 6C.

Developer: Concord Pacific

Highlights

  • Approx. 2.1 milion sq ft. of residential and non-residential uses
  • Minimum of 220,000 sq ft. of new job space
  • network of “finely-scaled” commercial and pedestrian lanes
  • small food and beverage outlets and pavilions along the water
  • frame “Georgia Landing” with two tallest towers of NEFC plan, up to 425 ft.
  • accessible wharf area with priority on pedestrians and cyclists
  • childcare facility and community policing centre

Subarea 10C: Georgia and Pacific

Concord subarea 6C from Main and Quebec
View of Concord Pacific subarea 6C. The two tall towers at Georgia and Pacific are visible in the foreground.

Highlights

  • intersection of Georgia and Pacific will be marked with towers up to 400 ft.
  • buildings will be designed with consideration for noise levels and stadium “vibrancy”
  • buildings will be designed to maximize retention of views of spires and lights of BC Place

Subarea 6D: Hogan’s Alley

Subarea 6D 800 Quebec and 801 Main Street Hogans Alley
Subarea 6D 800 Quebec and 801 Main Street, showing development proposed for Hogans Alley once the viaducts are removed.
Hogan's Alley plaza
Rendering of Hogan’s Alley plaza by Perkins + Will.
Hogans Alley and Plaza
Rendering of the plaza at Hogan’s Alley.
Rendering of the plaza at Hogan's Alley.
Rendering of the plaza at Hogan’s Alley.

Address: 800 Quebec Street, 800 Main Street, 899 Main Street
Land owner: City of Vancouver
Architect: Perkins + Will

Highlights

  • 900,000 sq ft. of new residential and non-residential uses
  • social housing to make up 20 per cent of residential floor area (approx. 300 units targeted at First Nations, post-secondary students and Chinese seniors)
  • childcare facility
  • 100,000 sq ft. min. of commercial and cultural space
  • cultural centre for Black community at Main and Prior St.
  • emphasis on cuturally-centered retail, food/market (African Diaspora specific)
  • Hogan’s Alley pedestrian plaza

The city says the development of Northeast False Creek will bring public amenities valued at around $1.5 billion. It will also deliver one of the largest social housing packages in the city’s history, with units for 3,250 people. Build out of the plan is expected to take at least ten years.

The NEFC area plan open house runs until November 23, 2017. Further details on times and locations of public open houses are available here.