False Creek park before towers: group
Fern Jeffries, co-chair of the False Creek Residents Association, talks to the media Wednesday regarding land the group wants turned into a park, as part of an old promise by Concord Pacific. (CARMINE MARINELLI/24 HOURS)
A Vancouver residents association has filed a petition in B.C. Supreme Court as part of a push to get a developer to fulfill a decades-old promise to turn a piece of land on the former Expo 86 site into a park.
According to the False Creek Residents Association, the land was promised as a park in 1990 as part of Concord Pacific’s development of the old Expo lands.
Concord Pacific wants the city to rezone nearby land at 998 Expo Blvd. in order to develop two residential towers. The residents want the developer to build the park first, and say the site — zoned for parks use — has instead been used for commercial purposes, including a presentation centre.
“We don’t believe that the city bylaw permits commercial use,” said association co-chair Fern Jeffries. “We are outraged that the city hasn’t considered our position before now so we are asking the Supreme Court to intervene.”
The city has said in the past the park is tied to the future of the nearby Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts.
The association’s allegations have not been proven in court.