By Gagandeep Ghuman
Published: Sept. 6, 2013
The district plans to create a temporary new park on a Blind Channel waterfront site it recently acquired from the province.
In April this year, district acquired the 2-acre waterfront industrial-zoned parcel of land from the province.
The property, formerly with BC Rail, was worth $3.6 million. [manual_related_posts]
The land was acquired through a crown grant program upon condition that it would be used for municipal purpose only.
It’s located at 37956 Loggers Lane, between Pavilion Park and Mamquam Blind Channel.
The district hasn’t decided the long term plans, but wishes to open it for public use as a temporary park space.
Remediation and cleanup work to ready the property for public access has already begun on the property.
The district staff is in discussion with CN Rail regarding public access agreements across the CN rail line, said district spokesperson Christina Moore.
A park opening date has yet to be decided.
The district sees in this property a ‘significant opportunity’ to establish a key connection from downtown to waterfront.
And the public use of this parcel is considered part of the broader Downtown Transformation Initiative.
The public will be asked to provide input into long-term plans for this land as opportunities for the parcel arise in the future, according to the district.
For the time being, however, a temporary use permit is being considered for the use of the property for municipal park space, including assembly, recreational and accessory retail use.
Squamish waterfront, a wasteland for years, finally seems to be on the verge of a revival.
In April this, a Vancouver based developer, announced plans to revive a much-delayed waterfront project in town.
John Doyle plans to bring MirEAU, a 61-condo unit project, back to life on the Squamish waterfront.
Doyle purchased a portion of the former Westmana land in a court-ordered sale, after six years of aborted attempts by Westmana to put shovels in the ground.
He plans to build 61 one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom condos on the land.
Despite the seemingly large number of condos for sale in Squamish, Doyle believes MirEAU to be a ‘unique’ project because of waterfront access and proximity to downtown amenities.
“We have to get people to the water, it’s as simple as that,” said Coun. Ted Prior.