Monday, June 9, 2008

MINUTES, MAY 28, 2008

New Westminster Downtown Residents Association

Minutes, May 28, 2008

The regular meeting of the New Westminster Downtown Residents Association was held on May 28, 2008 in the Lounge at Holy Trinity Cathedral with approximately 60 persons present. The 6 Directors present were: Andrew Boyd, Steve MClurg, Miriam Smith, Jonathan Story, Doug Whicker, Lila Wood.

The meeting was called to order at 7:05 pm by Chairperson Lila Wood.

M/S/C: To adopt the Agenda as circulated.

M/S/C: To adopt the minutes and treasurer's report from the March meeting as circulated.

GUEST SPEAKERS

NEIL BARKEY, Manager, New Westminster Quay Public Market.
Neil gave us some insight about the new ownership of the Quay. Currently they are collecting public input of ideas at www.quayideas.com as well as conducting an assessment of the electrical, mechanical and plumbing systems of the 22 year old facility. He answered questions from the floor, mainly concerning paid parking, which he said is essential to cover the costs of the parking lots.

MARK KOPINYA, Salient Group.
Mark made a brief presentation of redevelopment plans for the Trapp Building. The hope is to restore the historical Edwardian façade of the 1902 building as part o the new building. The development will include the low rise buildings on the east and west side of the Trapp Building to provide a total of 176 residential units and 193 parking stalls, to a height of 18 storeys. Salient would like to include a “green awareness” in this project which will feature retail space at street level. Work may start in early 2009.
Project goes to City Council June 23rd.

ROB McCULLOUGH, Assistant Curator/Heritage Programmer, New Westminster Museum and Archives.
Rob spoke on the project “My Neighbourhood, My City”, an effort to gather stories and anecdotes, memories of our collective history. A series of forums held in conjunction with Residents Associations will attempt to achieve this. Ours (the downtown area) will be held Thursday, June 19, from 6 to 9:30 pm at Century House.

Rob also spoke of the possibility of having a new museum as part of the planned facility on Çolumbia Street.

VIVIAN YOUNG, Core Education and Fine Arts Project.
Vivian and Karen, both mothers of young children, spoke on a proposal to create a
Junior kindergarten school at 725 Carnarvon Street, across the street from the former “Mugs and Jugs” site. The group requires a variance to decrease the number of parking spaces so as to increase the play area. The facility would include six class rooms, spaces for 80 to 84 children ages one to four years. Child care facilities in the area currently have long wait lists. Core Education and Fine Arts is the licensed program they will use. They would appreciate our letter of support.

M/S/C That we write City Council a letter of support for this facility.

M/S/C To accept the Treasurer’s Report. $903.29 plus $500 cash portion of the
City grant, $1403.29 on hand. The City grant was $5000 made up of cash $500 and in kind services of $4500.

CORRESPONDENCE

Various items received from City re Downtown Community plan Task Force. Lila will be
our appointee. Re Downtown Community Plan Ideas Fair to be held May 31 at Douglas College, 9 – 12 pm. Re Clarkson/Carnarvon Streets Area Task Force, meeting to be held in June.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Traffic Advisory - New proposed City parking policies and requirements presented, also explanation of “Traffic Calming” process.

Homelessness Coalition: A one-hour silent vigil to increase awareness of Homelessness, called a “stand” will take place Saturday, June 21st from 1 – 2 pm
at 6th Avenue and 6th Street in front of Royal City Centre.

Community Police Committee: Deputy Chief Mike Judd is off to Afghanistan for a one year period.

8th Annual Community Barbecue, Thursday, July 24, 2008.
Next committee meeting, Wedneday, June 4, 6:30 pm at Genesis House.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

All Candidates Meeting – no interest.

Next meeting: Community Barbecue, Thursday, July 24, 2008, 5 to 8 pm at Genesis House and on Merivale and Carnarvon Streets (the streets will be closed to traffic).

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 9:10 pm

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