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CP halts clearing Vancouver gardens 0

By Michael Mui, 24 Hours Vancouver

A Vancouver resident works on her garden in the Arbutus Corridor. Many of these gardens have been torn up by CP Rail. (FILE PHOTO/24 HOURS)

A Vancouver resident works on her garden in the Arbutus Corridor. Many of these gardens have been torn up by CP Rail. (FILE PHOTO/24 HOURS)

Work to remove gardens planted on a tract of CP Rail land in Vancouver has halted for the time being as city officials and the railway negotiate the future of the Arbutus Corridor.

In a statement, Vancouver said senior officials with both parties are meeting and “CP Rail has agreed to suspend all track maintenance work” along the corridor for up to three weeks.

“If a reasonable solution has not been found in this timeframe, CP will resume work in preparation for rail operations,” CP spokeswoman Breanne Feigel said by email.

“We would like to remind everyone that it is not safe to be on or near railroad tracks at any time.”

CP is currently trying to get the railway — which hasn’t been used for years and has transformed into a community garden — back into its operations.

The city had earlier offered $20 million to buy the land, but that was well-short of the $100 million CP is asking.

 

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