Topic: Flamborough Head stern and Shipyard Development
Members of the North Shore Historical Society and residents of the North Shore have pinned me down insisting we talk about the direction the redevelopment of our waterfront is taking. The recent announcement that the stern of the Flamborough Head is to be broken up makes clear that the current vision is not to include acknowledgement of North Vancouver’s proud industrial/shipbuilding heritage.
Since the 1990s the vision has been for a museum anchoring a tourism oriented waterfront. The evacuated shipyard offered large buildings and open spaces suitable for exhibits, meetings, and performance activities around a heritage/industrial theme. Preparation of the site involved removal of industrial waste. Heritage buildings were designated. Artifacts – cranes, Flamborough Head stern, museum pieces – were assembled. The Burrard pier was renovated for public use. A developer was contracted to deliver buildings closed up against the weather. The Pipe Shop and the Copper Shop were closed up, the Machine Shop demolished. With the global economic downturn thoughts of a national maritime museum have slowly evaporated. Yet the idea of waterfront redevelopment around a historical/heritage/maritime theme remains sound. Indeed the recent announcements of major shipbuilding here for another 30 years makes the identity of North Vancouver centered on a maritime oriented cultural facility a more valid vision than ever before. BUT that is not where City Hall is going.
If this concerns you, come and have your thoughts heard.