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Hollyburn Mews on its way Alternative housing process needs to be in place, says Coun. Smith REBECCA ALDOUS S TA F F R E P O RT E R
fter five years’ worth of planning, two packed meetings and 153 letters to the municipality, West Vancouver council has paved the way for an infill housing development. The Hollyburn Mews proposal slates a nineunit development on three lots in the 2000-block of Esquimalt Avenue — with a duplex and a carriage house on each property. To allow for the additional housing in the single-family neighbourhood, the project required an Official Community Plan (OCP) amendment and rezoning of the three parcels. Monday night, council granted them a third reading. “I am going to support this and I don’t expect this to be easy to support,” Mayor Pamela Goldsmith-Jones said after a slew of supporters and opponents addressed council. Proponents argued the need for alternative housing to keep the young and old in West Van; opposition warned the same amendment that allows this project could open the door to spotzoning throughout single-family neighbourhoods. The OCP was created to ensure a sense of predictability and restrict densification, said Coun. Bill Soprovich, who along with Coun. Michael Smith and Coun. Michael Lewis voted against the OCP amendment and rezoning. “We are on a slippery slope,” Soprovich said, adding the project sets a precedent. The majority of people are supportive of alternative housing, but West Van needs to have a proper process in place for such projects, Smith said, noting there is pressure on Ambleside and Dundarave for these types of developments. Alternative housing projects aren’t going to pop up over night, Coun. Shannon Walker argued. Yes, Hollyburn Mews is a small step toward a more diverse housing range, but it has taken a long time for the proposal to move for-
ward, she said, noting its been five years since the original draft. Although the entire block is now designated for denser housing, only the project’s three lots have received the rezoning required for carriage homes, she said. “I don’t think the neighbourhood is under siege.” Last month, what caused a roadblock for Hollyburn Mews were questions regarding the project’s estimated dollar increase as a result of the rezoning. The rezoning would allow for more units on the lots than the original designation, essentially increasing the value of the properties. This process is called uplift, of which three quarters of the new value is paid to the municipality as a community amenity. In three separate reports, dating back to February 2010, three different values were given as an appropriate uplift — $65,000, $595,000 and $155,000. The vast range created a stir, with Smith and Soprovich adjourning May’s public hearing to allow councillors the opportunity to review the variance. In its latest report, the municipality indicated $155,000 as the most appropriate uplift. Hollyburn Mews’ proponent, Vancouver-based architect Michael Geller, has since made a voluntary community amenity contribution of $116,000, which meets the district’s policy target of 75 per cent of the uplift. Geller will also dish out $55,185 for district infrastructure and give $7,800 to Metro Vancouver, said Bob Sokol, director of planning, lands and permits. Hollyburn Mews will contribute a net increase in property tax of $3,700, he added. Addressing council, Geller said these lots are unique. They are close to the community and seniors’ centre, which makes them suitable for such a development, he noted.
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say they’re too busy to do this, stated the report. The parks department has suggested West Van spend $42,000 to employ a temporary bylaw officer on a six-month trial period. The district could pay for this with cash from higher than anticipated building permit and bylaw licensing revenue, noted the report. Staff will report back to council on whether hiring an extra bylaw officer increased compliance with district regulations. It will include a comparison of calls for service related to dog control before and after the pilot program. Before moving forward, council voted that the West Vancouver Dog Association provide input. The West Vancouver Parks Master Plan Working Group is currently examining how dogs fit into the community’s green space.
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Park Royal unveils expansion plans REBECCA ALDOUS S TA F F R E P O RT E R
here’s a buzz in Ambleside. People are talking about it over coffee, while strolling along the waterfront or dropping their kids off at soccer. The area is on the verge of change. Earlier this year, the District of West Vancouver unveiled its Ambleside revitalization plan; now it’s Park Royal Shopping Centre’s turn. Rick Amantea stands over a model of the shopping centre’s proposed expansion. “This is scheduled to happen this year,” he says pointing to a new intersection along Marine Drive, which will replace a vehicle and pedestrian overpass. “The improvements
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are better for pedestrians.” What’s new on the model is a long retail strip that sits on what is now parking space in front of the south mall. The long, rectangular building is dotted with open public spaces, cafés and meandering public walkways. It expands on the existing strip of shops — such as Cobs Bread, Starbucks and Five Guys Burgers and Fries. In front of that runs a curved road which, from depictions at the Park Royal Connected display suite, has a similar feel to the centre’s newest addition, The Village. Where The Keg now stands is a model of another updated retail area and the White Spot is replaced by two residential towers. In the centre of the entire model sits what many West Vancouver residents would argue is the long-awaited return of a cinema. It’s place above the Osaka Supermarket. Although the project is big in terms of what Park Royal wants to do, it’s not big in terms of actual size, Amantea says. The new retail spaces would add approximately 15 to 20 stores and spans less than half the area of The Village. The retail portion of the plans fall on Squamish Nation land. Amantea expects construction on the project to start this year, with a significant portion of the mall open for Christmas of 2012. As for the residential component, it falls within District of West Vancouver boundaries. Public consultation for the project will be extensive, Amentea promises. Still in their conceptual stage, the residential towers will hold approximately 350 units and be comparable in
height to the Westroyal Towers — 23 storeys. West Van council can expect a formal application by early 2012. “If we get approval on the residential, then we can start in earnest working on the cinema,” Amantea says. The two projects are linked together. The large space the cinemas require means they don’t work as standalone projects, he says. This one in particular is deluxe. It’s got 11 screens, state-of-the-art technology and a VIP section. As for a cliental base, Amantea isn’t worried. Currently 43 per cent of Park Royal shoppers come from North Vancouver, 35 per cent are from West Vancouver and the remainder is from the Lower Mainland. But with the development of The Village, Park Royal has experienced a slight shift — 25 per cent of traffic to The Village comes from outside of the North Shore. Park Royal wants to build on this urban environment feel, Amantea says. People are no longer simply looking for a place to buy goods but want an experience which incorporates entertainment with work and living. “We really can’t compare ourselves to anywhere else in Canada,” Amantea says of the centre’s vision. However, Amantea says he can ensure that whatever is created won’t detract from Ambleside’s corridor. Park Royal supports the district’s AmblesideNow project, Amantea says. “We think we will compliment what they are doing,” he says. Down the road in Ambleside,
Jane Edgar is busy helping clients in her store Caliente Fashions Inc. She has run the high-end clothing consignment store for seven years. When The Village opened she recalls a “dent in business.” So while she welcomes the residential portion of Park Royal’s plans, she’s more tentative when responding to the retail proposal. “It is tough because they are taking our business,” she says. But she quickly notes she’s not overly worried. The two areas are very different. People come to Ambleside for the neighbourly feel and seaside experience. A lot of Ambleside’s stores are customized and specialized. She’s noticed people visiting the strip from Vancouver and Richmond. “The North Shore is a kind of well kept secret,” Edgar says. “There are some fun shops here for every budget.” A block over, Glynda Fitzgerald can’t get over the news that West Vancouver might once again lay claim to a movie theatre. “If it had a cinema it would be huge,” the store owner says excitedly. “Right now it is quicker to go downtown than to North Vancouver.” As for the expansion’s possible effects on her year-old shop Glynda (the good witch), Fitzgerald isn’t concerned. “It does spill out,” she says. To learn more about Park Royal’s project visit its display suite in the south mall adjacent to SportChek. It will be open daily, starting June 11, from noon to 4 p.m. For more information visit www.parkroyalconnected.com.
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est Vancouver has placed $3.1 million in the Ambleside revitalization piggy bank. The money is for this year’s planning and studies. On Monday night, council voted to approve the hefty bill for AmblesideNow. The long-awaited project moves the police department into a new integrated post-disaster standard public safety building, possibly takes the West Vancouver Museum out of the Gertrude Lawson House and redevelops the 1300-block of Marine Drive. To aid planning, council had previously approved $413,250. Now it’s seeking an additional $2.7 million to continue planning. “The big issue that we are going to be looking at is obviously the public safety building,” said Grant McRadu, the district’s chief administrative officer. Approximately $2.2 million is set aside for the preliminary programming and feasibility analysis on the proposed public safety building. The next phase involves design. This process will include consultation with the user groups — police, the fire department and municipal hall. By the end of 2011, district staff anticipates the integration plan will be complete, an architect will have been hired and a conceptual design drawn. Ultimately the expenses will be paid for by the
sale of municipally-owned land, McRadu noted. Coun. Michael Smith questioned how the size of the public safety building would be decided. It may not be frugal to have parties that will move into the facility help design it, he said. “I don’t think it is sensible practice to let the police chief and fire chief decide the scope of the building,” Smith said. The final decision of what gets built lies with council, McRadu replied. Police, the fire department and staff will have to state what they think are important components of the new building and as a group challenge each idea, he added. “We will vet this ourselves,” McRadu said. The funds will also allow the district to study the potential sale or long-term lease of municipal land, said Nina Leemhuis, director of finance. As well, work will begin on the strategy and business case for the next phase of Arts in Ambleside — West Vancouver Museum, Gertrude Lawson House and the incorporation of arts and culture in the area. Given that there isn’t much time remaining in the year, the expenses seem like a lot, Coun. Shannon Walker said, noting it works out to about $300,000 a month. She suggested council receive monthly reports on expenditures. “It seems quite high to me,” she said. This budget was developed in March, said Leemhuis, noting any unspent money will go towards next year’s budget.
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$ A member of the Order of Canada who has his work on display in the National Gallery of Canada, Gordon Smith has no time to rest on his laurels. There are still paintings to paint and young artists to support. He advocates bringing together West Vancouver’s vibrant arts scene at a single cultural centre. Rebecca Aldous photo
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ordon Smith has painted landscapes of most of West Vancouver over the 58 years that he’s called it home. “I painted near the Ferry Building,” the prominent Canadian artist says. “All over.” Minutes ago, Smith was putting the finishing touches on a snowy wilderness scene in his bright, white studio. The giant canvas stood prominently against a vast wall. It loomed over Smith as he placed a few twigs in the painting’s corner. West Vancouver has a long history of artists and architects COFFEE coming to its shores, Smith WITH continues, listing some of them off – “Brian Hemingway, Rebecca Aldous Graham Gillmore and Douglas raldous@northshore Coupland.” outlook.com He taps his finger on the dining room table in his West Van home, a building designed by celebrated architect Arthur Erickson. Its open concept offers views of the tall cedars and the ocean, “a magical place,” Smith says gesturing to Howe Sound. At one time, West Vancouver was known as a cultural hub, Smith says, returning the conversation back to the original track. The soon to be 92-year-old starts listing off more names of famous Canadian painters, writers and architects who call or called the district home. “And it’s amazing right now. Jeff Wall, these are the artists today that are making it and they all have some ties to the North Shore,” he says. Smith moved to West Van in 1953 with his wife Marion Fleming. He had ended his service with the Canadian Air Force, seriously wounding his leg in Sicily, and was pursing his love of art. As a young boy, he watched his father paint watercolour landscapes. When Smith, his brother and his mother moved to Winnipeg, he enrolled in the Winnipeg School of Art. In 1946, Smith graduated from the Vancouver School of Art, eventually teaching graphics and design there. Today, Smith’s work can be found in more than 50 collections around the world, including the National Gallery of Canada and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He’s received numerous awards, such as the Order of Canada,
for his contribution to Canadian culture. On the North Shore, Smith has become an art activist, so to speak. He is a founding patron of the Artist For Kids Trust — an organization that provides a variety of art programs to elementary and high school students paid for by the sale of original prints by artists such as Smith. Smith has also been at the forefront of making sure art runs parallel to West Vancouver’s development. Recently he’s turned his attention to Ambleside. “We need an art centre here,” Smith says. West Vancouver is full of patrons and collectors of art, including Michael Audian, chairman of the National Gallery of Canada’s board of trustees, he notes. If the district were to construct a building which could house a gallery and possibly spaces for classes and workshops, artists would be able to display such collections, Smith says, noting a lot of the West Vancouver Museum’s work is in storage due to lack of space. “West Vancouver Museum has some of the best art in Canada and it cannot be seen.” As the district forges forward with its revitalization of Ambleside and the redevelopment of the 1300-block on Marine Drive, Smith hopes it keeps the art world in mind. Smith envisions a kind of one-stop art hub in the heart of that community. Such a facility would have the capability of becoming a world-class destination, he adds. Smith and his work have already placed the North Shore on the map. His legacy is developing on different fronts, from his work with Artists for Kids to the art print he donated to West Vancouver Community Centre, entitled Tangle Beach. From today, June 9, until Aug. 27, selected works from the Gordon and Marion Smith collection will be on display at the West Vancouver Museum. The gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information call 604-925-7295 or visit www.westvancouvermuseum.ca.
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s the Vancouver Canucks quest for hockey’s top prize, support for them is popping up high above the city’s tallest skyscrapers. To back the team, Grouse Mountain announced last week that the resort will wave Canucks flags for the duration of the Stanley Cup playoffs on its iconic red Skyride. “Everyday our flags will take more than 60 trips to the Peak of Vancouver to heights of 3,700 feet to help show Boston what our city is really made of,” said Sarah Lusk, Grouse Mountain’s public relations manager. “Not only do we have the best city in the world but also the best hockey team.” Representatives from the mountain resort are urging residents to join them in Canucks mania. If the Canucks win the Cup, resort officials have pledged to fly the flags until the victory parade later this summer.
hen Matt Vondette was a kid, he got so excited about the Canucks’ Stanley Cup run that he stood on a Hwy. 1 overpass and encouraged the passing motorists to honk their horns in support of the team. He’s been cheering for the Canucks ever since. And this year he’s convinced he’s cheering for the Stanley Cup winners. In this season’s quest, he’s shown his loyalty by going to games as far away as California. “It’s fun watching the game at home but it’s more fun watching it with 20,000 other people,” he says. He simply had to watch the finals live but tickets in Vancouver are rarer than ice floes on
the Burrard Inlet. And so he flew east to Boston for games two and three. You might be able to spot him in the crowd. This year he’s wearing a Henrik Sedin jersey. He used to wear a Trevor Linden jersey but that garment is now more for show after Linden signed it. (You wouldn’t want to get it dirty and put it in the washing machine, would you?) Vondette owns Evergreen Computers. Even when the cat’s away, he wants the mice to play. The business closes at 4:30 p.m. so staff can watch the early games and “the staff uniform on game day is game jerseys, which we bought for all our staff.” Martha Perkins
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inda Findlay is not wearing her love for the Canucks on her sleeve. She’s chosen her hands instead. The North Shore RBC mortgage specialist got the idea when grocery shopping. The cashier had nail art on her thumb and Findlay thought why not on all 10 fingers? She gathered five different designs — old and new Canucks logos and the Stanley Cup, of course — and brought them to nail artist Mina Fuamizu at Style Company Salon and Spa on Lonsdale. It took two one-hour sittings but Fuamizu handpainted the crests on Findlay’s nails. “She really, truly is amazing,” Findlay says of Fuamizu’s handiwork. Martha Perkins
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andy Heath’s favourite spot to watch the Canucks’ games is at home. The 47-year-old doesn’t mind a crowd; it’s just difficult for him to listen to other fans’ comments. Even though Heath wore a New York Rangers jersey in the early ’80s, he says he can’t imagine what it takes to play at the current NHL Stanley Cup level. This comes from a man who’s stared down Wayne Gretzky. “The speed is obviously ridiculous now and the players are in such good shape,” he says. Heath grew up playing hockey on the North Shore. He secretly hoped he would wear the orange V on the ice, but he was snatched up by the Rangers. It didn’t stop him from being a fan. Even when Heath’s old team faced the Canucks in the 1994 finals, Heath says he didn’t have trouble choosing who to cheer for. “I have always had a soft spot for the Canucks,” he says. Today, Heath is the West Vancouver fire department’s assistant chief. Yet his skates haven’t lost their shine. Heath laces up for Vancouver Canucks’ alumni games. “Even if you aren’t a ‘true alumni,’ but you grew up in Vancouver and played in the NHL, they welcome you.” Rebecca Aldous
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orth Shore clothing designer Wendy Van Riesen loves seeing women decked out in blue and green Vancouver Canucks garb. But even during the height of the playoffs, supporting one’s team shouldn’t come at the cost of a fashion faux pas, she says. “You see women all the time in oversized hockey jerseys, but there’s an absence of femininity there,” says the enthusiastic artist, sipping from a coffee at Lonsdale Quay. “I guess I’m hoping to change that. I want there to be more of a feminine presence in hockey.” At the end of May, Van Riesen, owner of Dahlia Drive, began designing a few Vancouver Canucks dresses on a whim. Using her signature style, Van Riesen took used slips and pressed hand-painted designs onto the recycled material. “By virtue of the fact that they are recycled, every dress is unique, and each one is treated a little differently,” she says. “Each dress is dealt with almost like a sculpture.” The result is an artistic, eye-catching barrage of blues and greens that combines puck pride with sensible style. The fabric is both colourful and nearly translucent, “almost like stained glass,” she says. Response to the dresses, says Van Riesen, has been overwhelming. Within days of making the prototype her designs were swept up in the media frenzy. Last week her work made it to the front page of one of Vancouver’s commuter newspapers. It’s been featured on television spots and discussed on talk radio networks. Van Riesen, whose sons are both loyal Canucks fans, says she’ll be happy if her creative contributions plays even the smallest part in the team’s historic playoff run. The excitement and euphoria, she adds, is something all Vancouverites should
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rom the banner that suddenly appeared on the pedestrian walkway over the upper levels highway to the flag flying at West Vancouver’s municipal hall, West Vancouver has turned blue and green. “We are all captivated,” Coun. Trish Panz says of Canucks fever, noting the games’ scores even have a way of getting passed around at council meetings. West Vancouver Community Centre has been busy with fans on game days. Resident pop in and out to watch the action on the big screen, district spokesperson Jessica Delaney says. “The remaining games will be broadcast from the atrium and all are welcome,” she adds. Hollyburn Country Club is also offering families a fun and interactive game night experience. Yesterday the centre split its large gymnasium into two — one half hosting the game and the other full of shooting contests and games for kids. The facility is considering hosting a tailgate party if the Canucks go to game six. West Vancouver Police want to remind fans to have fun but be responsible. “Plan ahead and arrange for transportation and/or accommodation if you plan to attend any of the venue sites,” the department wrote in a press release. Rebecca Aldous
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aleh Bahrami still remembers the first time she saw the before and after photographs. In the first picture, a healthy and happy woman in her mid-20s sits upright in a chair smiling. Her cheeks are rosy and her long earrings dangle down toward her floral print dress. In the second, the same woman lays on a hospital bed in a powder blue gown. Her face is grey and gaunt, her eyes are sunken, her lips sagging into a frown. A series of intravenous tubes crisscrosses her chest, while oxygen tubes plug her nose. “It breaks your heart to see it,” says Bahrami. “Right away it hits you. When you look at the photos you think, she has so much life ahead of her. You just want to do all you can to help.” The woman in the photos is 27-year-old Mona Zarei, a young Iranian who had been working toward a PhD in electrical engineering in Florida when she was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder. In the past three years the devastating disease — known as PNH — has forced Zarei to be hospitalized repeatedly. Despite her best efforts to fight the incurable disorder, it gradually led to bone marrow failure. A medical team has concluded that Zarei’s last hope is a bone marrow transplant, but after searching several bone marrow banks, doctors have been unable to find a successful match. Because there is a higher chance of finding a match among people of the same ethnicity, Bahrami — a West Vancouver resident who
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