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Despite Vancouver’s city councilors voting 5-4 on the controversial decision of removing the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts, the tear down isn’t official, yet.
While Mayor Gregor Robertson describes the plan as a “once-in-a-generation city-building opportunity”, B.C. Transportation Minister Todd Stone seems irked at the city’s project, and stated councilors need to “cool down” on the plan.
“We should all take a pause here and catch our breath. Nothing is a done deal here with the viaducts,” said Transportation Minister Todd Stone. “It’s been a couple of years since there were any serious attempts on the part of the City of Vancouver to reach out to PavCo, which owns and operates BC Place.”
One of Stone’s primary concerns revolves around access to the area, and the traffic disaster it may lead to.
“There are some very significant remediation questions and challenges that are going to have to be addressed. There is a tremendous amount of land in and around the viaducts that’s actually not owned by the City of Vancouver, some of it’s under the control of PavCo.”
“I checked with my officials and it has been a number of years since the city took any meaningful steps to reach out to PAVCO which owns and operates B.C. place,” adds Stone.
While the City of Vancouver reportedly had over 50 public meetings to discuss the idea over the summer, Stone points out that province officials didn’t attend any of the meetings, as it’s up to the city to come to them. Stone is now encouraging the City of Vancouver to contact his ministry to discuss the demolition plans.