Homeless in Vancouver: Enlarged redevelopment on West Broadway will eat up neighbouring alley and restaurants

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      Blueprints I found in a Dumpster on June 28 for the redevelopment of 1489 West Broadway Avenue not only include a Broadway subway station but also the adjacent alley and 1465 West Broadway.

      PCI Developments’ documents show a 1489 West Broadway with a footprint that is a whopping 85 percent larger than the four-storey RBC Royal Bank building currently sitting at that address.

      The existing RBC building measures 38 metres on the Granville Street side and about 35.4 metres on the West Broadway side.

      The PCI redevelopment also measures 38 metres on the Granville side but on the West Broadway side it measures 65.5 metres.

      This extra 30.1 metres can only come at the expense of the existing alley entrance on the east side of 1489 West Broadway, as well as the property on the other side of that alley: 1465 West Broadway.

      The construction crane that appears to loom over 1465 West Broadway belongs to a building site on West 8th Avenue.
      Stanley Q. Woodvine

      had been wondering who owned 1465 West Broadway—a single-storey, three-lot, property that is currently home to three popular restaurants: Breakfast Table (addressed as 1481), Fortune Gardens (addressed as 1475) and Memphis Blues.

      But I think I know the answer now.

      Oh. And did I mention that 1465 West Broadway was rented between 1912 and 1913 as studio space by B.C.-born painter and writer Emily Carr, one of Canada’s most important artists?

      Stanley Q. Woodvine is a homeless resident of Vancouver who has worked in the past as an illustrator, graphic designer, and writer. Follow Stanley on Twitter at @sqwabb.

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