False Creek South

False Creek South
No. 7 on our 2017 Top10 Watch List of Endangered Sites.

False Creek South is a historic urban landscape and widely-admired success story, which demonstrated the startling transformation of inner city industrial lands into a residential enclave designed for pedestrians and community, inclusive of all ages and incomes.

Located north of 6th Avenue between the Cambie and Burrard Bridges, the neighbourhood features low-to-mid-rise housing clustered around gardens, courtyards, plazas, walking and cycling paths and green space, including a large waterfront park. Reflecting the early 1970s values of a ‘livable city’ and ‘quality of life’, the area was developed on City-owned former industrial lands along the south shore of False Creek. The master plan called for a mix of one-third each of non-market rental housing, co-ops and condominiums in a “Garden City” landscaped setting.

The land remains City-owned, and 60-year lease agreements with owners of co-ops and condominiums will begin to expire in 2025. The future of False Creek South as a historic urban landscape depends on the condition and maintenance of the housing stock that is now at risk.

As leases expire soon, homeowners have found it difficult to finance their mortgages or repairs and improvements. Heritage Vancouver encourages the City to initiate the lease renewals as soon as possible, to avoid a decline in housing quality, and create a new, stable future for this unique community.…

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