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New water feature coming to North Vancouver waterfront at Lonsdale

from The Vancouver Sun today:

The foot of Lonsdale in North Vancouver will be the site of a new water feature after $400,000 was donated to the city’s waterfront revitalization project.

The city said Tuesday that the donation by Richardson International through the Richardson Foundation will be used for a “one-of-a-kind playful and vibrant gathering place for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy one of the most spectacular locations on the waterfront.”

Richardson moves Canadian grains through its western Canadian facilities, including its North Vancouver terminal.

The new water area will include rippling water, large natural boulders for seating and areas for playing inside the water area.

The 344-square-metre (3,700 square feet) water feature will be located between the new Polygon Gallery and the Tap and Barrel restaurant and can be turned off to allow for other uses of the space. 

“Richardson is a great community partner and we are very appreciative of this important contribution to the revitalization of our waterfront,” said Mayor Darrell Mussatto in a statement.

Phil Hulina, Richardson’s senior director, Vancouver Terminal Operations, said investing in communities is important to the company. “We are pleased to support this exciting project and the community of North Vancouver by leaving a lasting legacy that people of all ages can enjoy.”

Richardson, a part of the North Vancouver waterfront since the 1950s, recently completed a major terminal expansion.

The city recently finished its 48-metre-long Megabench, the first of many public spaces coming to the foot of Lonsdale.

Revitalization of the waterfront area also includes an outdoor public skating rink, heritage elements, an enhanced public stage, and commercial elements including a restaurant, retail and a hotel.

The overall plan is expected to be finished by the fall of 2017.



Source: New water feature coming to North Vancouver waterfront at Lonsdale

North Vancouver embarks on final phase of game-changing Shipyards project

The City of North Vancouver has green-lit a waterfront hotel as part of an ambitious mixed-use development on the final parcel of city-owned property in the centre of the Shipyards District.

Source: North Vancouver embarks on final phase of game-changing Shipyards project

Waterfront Shipyards Lot 5 Announcement

The Shipyards – Lot 5 Development

 NEW: The City has chosen Quay Property Management Corp. (QPM) as its partner to develop The Shipyards – Lot 5, bringing the City a significant step closer to delivering a unique, interactive, year-round, activity driven people place that will include an outdoor public skating rink and a water play area. The outdoor public skating rink will be the largest in the Lower Mainland.

See Development Highlights

Features include:  an outdoor public skating rink for use during the winter months, including a looped skating trail to complement the open rink area.  a water play zone for use during the summer months, with a combination of pools and sprayers  a covering for weather protection over the entire open space, complete with a retractable portion to allow for an open water play area in the summer  significant heritage elements incorporated into the site development such as the use of the ‘Machine Shop’ building as the covering structure over the open space  enhanced public stage  underground parking  a commercial component, which will include restaurant, retail and proposed hotel use (hotel use will require rezoning)  public support spaces, including public washrooms and unique community programming opportunities for both small and large events  rubberized and non-skid surfaces, ample seating and viewing areas  connection with the Spirit Trail and multiple access points for multi-modal transportation

The Shipyards first opened as Wallace Shipyards in 1906 and grew into one of the most impressive industrial operations in western Canada before closing its doors in 1992. Over its many years of operation, the Shipyards have become a defining aspect of the City’s identity. Today, the Shipyards are recognized as a Primary Heritage Site in the City of North Vancouver Heritage Inventory. Learn more about the City’s shipbuilding history.

The Shipyards have been restored through the Pier Development to accommodate retail and commercial space, public plazas, interpretive signage, waterfront walkways and restored piers. Phase lll, the last component, is currently underway. Continued detailed planning for this waterfront destination is ongoing as part of the Central Waterfront Planning process and Lot 5 redevelopment.

The last remaining parcel to be developed is Lot 5, a City-owned parcel of land located in the center of The Shipyards site. As part of the Central Waterfront Development Plan, a vision for Lot 5 was established to create a significant people place with active and interrelated public spaces offering year-round activities all of which are supported by a surrounding commercial development. To further clarify the vision, in April 2015, Council endorsed the Site Planning Principles to guide future development of Lot 5. In June of 2015, a Request for Expression of interest was undertaken and then a more detailed Request for Proposal process.

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Full disclosure needed on museum decision

Poignant moment during public input at Council Monday:  Former Councillor Bob Heywood reminding the Mayor of the time that he took him down to the waterfront and said “this is where the Museum should be”.

video: http://www.cnv.org/Your-Government/Council-Meetings/Council-Videos/2016-Council-Videos

Elizabeth James writing in the NS News today.   

“IT’S REAL. The City of North Vancouver has approved the project and has made a generous gift-matching commitment of $5 million. Your generous contribution will be matched dollar for dollar by the City of North Vancouver.”

– Brochure, North Vancouver Museum and Archives

Question: When is a commitment not a commitment? Answer: When fundraisers for the new museum at The Shipyards fell short of their goal and gave Mayor Darrell Mussatto and Couns. Holly Back, Linda Buchanan and Craig Keating the excuse they needed to kill the project during the Jan. 25 meeting of council.

The background: At its regular meeting July 9, 2012, City of North Vancouver council unanimously endorsed a motion that approved in principle a design concept for a new museum at the Pipe Shop on Lot 4 of the Pier Development.

Council also approved $75,000 from the Civic Amenity Fund for the purpose of funding the next steps in the planning process.

Lastly, the motion directed museum staff to report on a business plan predicting operating costs and revenues, preliminary exhibit design work, follow-up architectural work and a fundraising plan.

As the project evolved over three years, NVMA met all of the city’s provisions bar one: with the province yet to confirm its contribution, the museum’s 17-month fundraising campaign fell short of its target by 10.8 per cent.

Put another way, in a tough economy and ending at a time when potential donors were busy with Christmas holiday spending, for the museum to raise more than $3.9 million over and above the city’s “commitment” was a remarkable achievement – especially when the provincial contribution had yet to be confirmed. After money, time and effort expended, would it have hurt council to extend the Dec. 31 deadline by three months to allow NVMA to do two things: bring in the additional funds and, importantly, address statements made in a BDO Canada report to council.

Before continuing this saga, I should say that, in my opinion, a common way for politicians to kill a project is to study it to death. So after NVMA had already commissioned expert opinion from Lord Cultural Resources – an internationally renowned museum-planning firm that includes fiscal and fiduciary considerations in its reviews and recommendations – why council needed to finance yet another report from BDO is beyond me.

Suffice it to say that, in her Jan. 29, 2016 response to BDO’s Feasibility Review of New Museum Business Plans, museum director Nancy Kirkpatrick refutes one of the underpinnings to the report, namely that the new museum should be expected to make a “commercial case” for its existence.

In fact, as you can see from the American Alliance of Museums at aam-us.org, although most museums are, by nature, non-profit entities, the direct and indirect contributions they make to their communities are invaluable.

The alliance states, “Museums employ more than 400,000 Americans and directly contribute $21 billion to the U.S. economy each year and billions more through indirect spending by their visitors …” And further, that “Governments … find that for every $1 invested in museums and other cultural organizations, $7 are returned in tax revenues.”

In the case of the proposed new museum at The Shipyards, archives and ongoing exhibitions would not only inform our histories, its interactive and educational displays would enliven our appreciation of the North Shore communities in which we live and also expand students’ understanding of the society they will inherit.

One aspect of the new museum I had not thought of until I began this story is that its obvious tourism potential mirrors in many ways that of the hugely successful Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria. Although the Royal benefits financially from being a Crown corporation, its other characteristics apply equally to a new North Shore museum located exactly where it was planned – in the historic Pipe Shop.

As a tourist attraction and as a community amenity, a museum on that site would be perfectly situated near a transportation hub and within walking distance of Lower Lonsdale shopping, restaurants and accommodations. So, where lies the real problem for Mayor Mussatto – or for Coun. Keating who made the motion to kill the Pipe Shop proposal? Is it that they didn’t like the idea of a project jointly run by the city and district? Did Pinnacle not want the new museum as a neighbour? Are city coffers short of the $5-million “commitment”? Or is it simply that the mayor and his supporters on council have a more lucrative development in mind for the site?

As is often the case, what is needed here is full disclosure – disclosure that could have been revealed in the course of a North Vancouver-wide referendum on the matter. What we also need to hear loud and clear are the fully informed reactions to the news from District of North Vancouver council and the First Nations whose history would form a vital part of a museum at The Shipyards.

This is written with my best wishes to director Nancy Kirkpatrick and the NVMA team – don’t give up; your work, expertise and donors deserved so much more respect than they received.



– See more at: http://www.nsnews.com/full-disclosure-needed-on-museum-decision-1.2164321#.dpuf



Museum response to BDO report

The link below is a 5 page  report:


Summary of BDO Report (“Feasibility Review of New Museum Business Plans, December 7, 2015) and the NVMA Commission’s Response (“Response to Feasibility Review of New Museum business Plans, January 6, 2016)

Prepared by Nancy Kirkpatrick, Director, North Vancouver Museum & Archives (NVMA) January 29, 2016

with background information and side-by-side summary of reports

link: CDNV_DISTRICT_HALL-2804610-v1-BDO_Report_reponse_summary

The Museum at the Pipe Shop

Blog post at Eve Lazarus : Please be warned, this week’s blog is a rant about the idiocy of North Van City Council’s decision to scuttle years of planning for a new museum at the Pipe Shop:
Can you think of a better fit for the Pipe Shop than an interactive cultural history museum? I can’t, and I’m furious that a mayor and a couple of North Vancouver City councillors were able to scuttle years of work and planning.

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A museum, pipe shop, volleyball courts* and hotel rooms

Coming up soon at City of North Van Council will be a discussion about the proposed Museum in the Pipe Shop at the Shipyards.  The Museum may not have achieved their fundraising target in which case – what will the space be used for?   Now hotel rooms are mentioned as a possibility for our last open space on the waterfront?


*volleyball courts refer to current use of Lot 5*

Quoting in part from this article about the ground breaking of the Polygon Gallery  in the North Shore News:

“Three different companies have bid on that site to do the outdoor ice rink, to do the water park and to add more hotel rooms. Those decisions will be made in the next month or two,” Mussatto said. “Once we pick a preferred developer, we will then negotiate with them for the specifics and they’ll start designing and building this year.”

There is some lingering uncertainty, however, for the historic Pipe Shop. The North Vancouver Museum and Archives has been fundraising since 2013 to take over the spot, but there is some question over whether they’ve been able to meet their fundraising commitments.

“We’re still discussing whether the museum goes in there or not. You’ll hear in a couple weeks what decisions we make,” Mussatto said.

– See more at: http://www.nsnews.com/news/polygon-gallery-breaks-ground-1.2154734#sthash.WCKOfSPF.dpuf


Source: Polygon Gallery breaks ground