Monday, April 5, 2010

Minutes of March 24, 2010 Meeting

Holy Trinity Cathedral Parish Hall

Call To Order

7:10 pm, 48 persons in attendance including speakers and Directors.

M/S/C Approval of Agenda, January Minutes, Treasurer’s Report.

Roll Call Of Directors

Present – Andrew Boyd; Barbara Elliott, Homeless Coalition Representative; Paul Goodrick, Community e-mail; Judy Ross, Farmers Market Representative; Miriam Smith, Recording Secretary and Traffic Advisory Representative; Jonathan Story, Web Site Manager; Lila Wood, Chairperson and Traffic Advisory Representative. Also present: Eric Westerberg, representative from City Planning.

Guest Speakers

Michael Degelder, Plaza 88 Developer.
Mr. Degelder brought us up to date on the situation at Plaza 88. Three out of four towers are completed and mostly sold out. Planned fourth tower requires variances in order to proceed. This tower may include a hotel. Plaza 88 will feature a unique residential and commercial mix know as a “Rail Mall” right on the Skytrain route. Hopeful completion date is Christmas 2011. Mr. Degelder acknowledged and was thankful for the support of the Downtown Residents Association. He fielded questions and concerns from the audience including an interest in the 10-screen cinema and other tenants for the project.

Mark Sheih And Blazenka Vojkovic of River Market at the Quay.
First off, we were told that the Market will reopen in Summer 2010 and also to watch for an announcement on April 1st regarding an anchor tenant. 55% of the space is spoken for and Sheih is committed to using locally based businesses featuring local produce. The Market is also contemplating a bicycle based delivery service as an amenity.
An open discussion was held to hear and discuss concerns regarding parking, connecting the overpass, and a possible community garden connected to the market. The Circus School will be returning to the
second floor along with food and health based tenants.

Coffee Break

Speaker Andrew Boyd, Executive Director of the Westcoast Genesis Society.
Andrew discussed the Keary Cottages at 305 and 307 Carnarvon Street. We learned the history of the building from 1886, as well as how funding was secured to enable the renovations to go ahead in order to house 35 residents and 20 staff members, kitchen, offices, and full basement. The Cottages will provide a safe home, councelling, and assistance to those suffering from Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder as well as for the homeless. The first residents are now being settled in and hopefully tours will be available at the time of our July 29th Annual Barbecue.

Committee Reports

Homeless Coalition: next meet March 25, 9:00 am.

Traffic Advisory Committee: New highly visible crosswalks are being installed in front of Royal Columbian Hospital. Next meet March 25, 5:30 pm.

Community Policing: Crime in the downtown core is down. Graffiti remains a problem, report to the police anyone seen tagging. Blockwatch is a crime deterrent, difficult to establish in downtown condominiums due to building security.

Farmers Market/Winter Market: Good attendance at March 20 Market. Next Market April 17, 10 am to 2 pm at Holy Trinity Parish Hall.

Westminster Pier Park: Eric Westberg, our City Hall Liaison from the Planning Department, updated us on possible features and amenities at the site. Work is due to start on this project soon as there is a deadline for completion.

Business

10th Annual Barbecue and Street Festival July 29, 2010, 4 – 8 pm.
Discussion re ticket prices, presently $5 per person. Do we want increased price, Adult, Children separate tickets/prices? No decision.

Directors Meeting: April 28th, 6:30 pm at the Queen Building.

Next Regular Meeting: May 26, 2010, 7:00 pm, at Holy Trinity Parish Hall.

Adjournment: 9:15 PM.

Aside: Prior to this meeting Barry Buckland of Lafflines Comedy Club dropped by seeking support for transfer of the present Lafflines Liquor License to the Burr Theatre premises. This would be a Primary License and would include sale of food items. It would also decrease the number of licensed seats to 110 from 220, making the premises more family friendly. Those who were here before the meeting was called to order discussed this matter and were in favour of the transfer of this Liquor License. A letter will go to the City to support the transfer of License. Unfortunately, Barry Buckland had a previous commitment and could not stay for the Residents meeting.

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