re:IMAGINING THE FLATS
Referencing the historic extent of False Creek, this plan is built around a major new park and wetland system that will extend from Station Street to the base of Grandview Heights. This scheme reintroduces habitat and natural storm water management to the area, and defines three significant and distinct employment districts accommodating city-serving industrial, artistic and artisanal production, and urban campus-style office and research activities.
(From competitor's text)
Referencing the historic extent of False Creek, a major new park and wetland system will extend from Station Street to the base of Grandview Heights. A new habitat corridor is created and water quality in False Creek is improved as the park's design works to manage and naturally rehabilitate storm water run-off. A series of public and semi-private plazas and squares are distributed through¬out the built-up areas to foster community and place-making. New development is guided by leading edge green building requirements and connected to the city's expanding network of district energy systems.
Vancouver's block structure is extended seamlessly from existing neighbourhoods to create new districts.
Park corridors and greenways create new linkages between existing neighbour¬hoods and connect the False Creek seawall with the Central Valley Greenway.
The viaducts are re-imagined:
- The Georgia Street portion funnels calmed, two-way traffic to Prior Street via Pacific Avenue.
- The Dunsmuir Street portion is replaced with a greenway - with small portions of viaduct maintained for elevated park and as artefact referencing the City's flirtation with freeways.
Current and future transit nodes connect new job centres to downtown and the rest of the region
As the Flats is slated for significant future job growth, the plan accommodates more than 20,000 new jobs within three new districts / Industrial uses along Clark Drive are maintained and enhanced to provide for the production, distribution and repair activities that are so vital to keep the rest of the city moving.
- New development along Strathcona's south edge provides new work spaces for the city's many artists and artisans.
- Building on the Great Northern Way Campus, a major new employment area accommodates a new Emily Carr University campus as well as new research, technology, medical and green sector jobs.
Vital rail functions are reduced but maintained with arrival via passenger rail enhanced by the city's new "green gateway"
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