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No More Hospital in Downtown Vancouver?

A couple of weeks ago VCI commenter Corrupt in Canada linked to a story over at VanCityBuzz reporting that BC NDP MLA Spencer Chandra-Herbert was upset the provincial government was on the verge of reneging its promise to revitalize and expand St. Paul’s Hospital.

Three years ago Premiere Christy Clark pledged half a billion dollars to improve the hospital, but nothing has been done to this date.

In the original article VanCity Buzz reached out to the BC Ministry of Health who had this response:

Government remains firmly committed to revitalizing St. Paul’s Hospital. St. Paul’s Hospital is an important part of the network of hospitals in the Lower Mainland, serving a large and growing population from downtown Vancouver, and from across the region. We are continuing to work with Providence Healthcare on the best way to revitalize the hospital for the communities it serves. We must make sure that this fits within the future long term vision of health care in the region and across the province, focusing on more comprehensive community services and a partnership between Lower Mainland hospitals.

We must also ensure that St. Paul’s Hospital can continue to serve the community while the revitalization project is underway.

So we know that most of you will be utterly surprised that Providence Health Care just announced that St. Paul’s will be closed and a new facility will be built in East Van.

Shocked even!

The west end MLA took his disappointment over this announcement to twitter:

St. Paul’s Hospital proved it’s worth during the Stanley Cup riots. Viaduct, bridges, + Skytrain all closed. No way out of downtown. downtown Vancouver needs an emergency room, especially in an emergency. In an earthquake all exits out of downtown may be closed.

Of course there may be a much better use of the land the current hospital sits upon: CONDOS!

Plus new hospital in East Van just has to drive up property values there right?

Win-win.

 

Luxury hotel to become a dorm

Looks like those basement mortgage helpers might have some competition soon if this plan goes through:

Downtown Vancouver Luxury Hotel to become International Student Housing

The 17-storey building will undergo a $37 million renovation and have 220 beds for international students come September, according to Global News; the company is eventually hoping to expand into Vancouver and Richmond and have beds for 5,000 post-secondary and high school students in nine different buildings.

The Viva Suites will be available from $900 to $2,500, depending on the amenities, location, and building, The Province reports. Some of the amenities available are a weight room, housekeeping, secured underground parking, and Internet. The suites will be available for daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly rental, with no long-term commitments required, states a company press release.

Read the full article here.

A building with a twist

Vancouver is one step closer to getting an interesting new building, and that means it’s time to complain!

For a pretty laid-back town Vancouverites can get vocal about architecture when it departs from the average glass rectangle.

Even the color of the glass can upset some, remember when the city made the Wall Centre change their glass halfway through? Perhaps under the assumption that clear glass would make the building more transparent than black glass?

Well this new building is a weird shape, so get ready for the complaints.

The proposed 52 storey tower will be located downtown at the foot of the Granville Street bridge near Pacific and has a unique twist to it’s design, with a triangular base and a rectangular top.

Close to 800 people attended the two open houses on the project and about 25 spoke at a packed public hearing last night.

Opponents said the tower will block views of the water, cast shadows and bring too much density to the neighbourhood.

But local resident Dean Mailey says it will bring much-needed amenities and charm to the neighbourhood.

“Currently the site is an eyesore in our community. It’s not a nice place to look at any time of day or night.”

Read the original article over at the CBC.

 

 

Friday Free-for-all!

It’s that time of the week again!

Let’s do our regular end of the week news round-up and open topic discussion thread for the weekend.

Here are a few recent links to kick off the chat:

Experts perplexed at decline in sales
Vancouver too tiny to count?
CTV video on squeezed families
Downtown Vancouvers Dead Zone
Toronto condo sales plunge
Offering 90k over ask on single bid?
Expanding the seawall past Kits
tougher credit cheaper houses

So what are you seeing out there? Post your news link, thoughts and anecdotes here and have an excellent weekend!