Granville Island redevelopment plans focus on accessibility, innovation, and keeping what's worked

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      A major renovation in the works for Granville Island could include an elevator up to the Granville Street Bridge, a pedestrian bridge over Alder Bay, and a “dynamic, risk-enabling and resilient arts and innovation destination” that would using the space currently occupied by Emily Carr University.

      Those are just three ideas among many included in a draft plan published by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) today (May 23).

      Called Granville Island 2040: Bridging Past and Future, the draft proposal focuses on improving access, expanding the existing public market, embracing innovation, and restoring and maintaining public spaces.

      "This is a bold, comprehensive, long-term vision for Granville Island that addresses our challenges, initiates exciting new development, and fosters renewed passion for creativity and innovation," said CMHC president and CEO Evan Siddall quoted in a media release.

      A redeveloped Granville Island could see the neighbourhood connected to the bridge above via an elevator.
      CMHC-Granville Island

      CMHC manages Granville Island on behalf of the federal government. The Granville Island 2040 report was drafted over 19 months by Dr. Michael Stevenson, a former president of Simon Fraser University. It included consultation with a local advisory board and meetings with stakeholders.

      "We heard loud and clear that people love Granville Island and do not want to see drastic change,” Siddall said. “The public says to keep doing what we are doing, but do it a little better and do a lot more of it.”

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