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The Lower Lonsdale waterfront has been a blight on the City of North Vancouver and consecutive city councils for decades. But with new beach volleyball courts now under construction, a search for a landscape architect under way and a closed-door council pep talk from a tourism industry titan behind them, it seems change is finally afoot at the foot of Lonsdale.
Last month city councillors and staff heard a paid presentation from a former arena-rock promoter turned tourism-industry rockstar in his own right, Roger Brooks.
He’s the president of Destination Development International (DDI), a Seattle-based branding, marketing and consultancy firm hired by the city to offer its take on how the city might make the best use of its vast waterfront lands around Lonsdale Quay.
His recommendations: ” for a large public plaza, likely on the waterfront’s Lot 5 site, anchored by new retail and restaurant space “
are closely aligned to recommendations developed by the winner of a design jam hosted by North Van Urban Forum in December:
One victory that’s no long under wraps is that of design jammer Timothy Flores, whose six-part waterfront proposal took home the top honours.
His plan involves dedicated recreational and retail space alongside a possible North Vancouver museum building and year-round market centred around a large plaza.