Yesterday the City started releasing information about public open for about the proposed Comox-Helmcken Greenway, which is intended to provide an east-west connection through Downtown from False Creek to Stanley Park, with construction proposed to be in two phases. The Comox Street section will go through the centre of the West End. The official City web page is http://vancouver.ca/streets-transportation/comox-helmcken.aspx. Dates and questions worth considering follow:
29 September 2012
Mole Hill Farmers Market, 9 am-2 pm
(We believe they are referring to the Nelson Park Farmers Market)
Comox Street at Nelson Park (1100 block of Comox Street)
1 October 2011
Engine 374 Pavilion at the Roundhouse Community Centre, 5-8 pm
181 Roundhouse Mews (entrance from the plaza on Davie Street)
3 October 2012
Coast Plaza Hotel & Suites, 5-8 pm
Barclay Room, 1763 Comox Street
4 October 2012
West End Community Centre, 12-3 pm
English Bay Room, 870 Denman Street
The City website says the proposed design on includes the following for Comox Street (Stanley Park Drive to Burrard Street)
- Improved intersections with corner bulges and curb ramps to provide a shorter and safer crossing as well as places for neighbours to garden, sit and socialize
- · Improved sidewalks and lighting
- · Traffic restrictions for traffic calming
- · Parking restrictions
- · Bicycles will share the street with cars except for two blocks where there are higher vehicle volumes and specific requirements for the hotels and hospital (The existing passenger zones will be maintained at the Coast Plaza Hotel, Dr. Peter Centre and St. Paul’s Hospital.)
West Enders may have many questions and are encouraged to see the designs. Some questions might be …
- What traffic restrictions are proposed on Comox Street?
- What parking restrictions are proposed on Comox Street?
- Which are the two blocks of Comox Street where bicycles will not share the street with cars?
- If Council approves the proposal, construction is slated to begin in early 2013. Meanwhile, two years of major construction work will soon begin on the recently-approved 22-storey tower at 1401 Comox — requiring thousands of trips by heavy trucks and equipment, plus much traffic by workers and contractors. How will both of the construction projects affect resident safety, comfort, and all forms of traffic on existing streets and sidewalks? What does the City plan to do to minimize disruptions of local residents?
- What are the costs of constructing and maintaining the Comox-Helmcken Greenway, and how will they be paid?
- In what ways have City staff considered the relationship between the Comox-Helmcken Greenway and the current West End planning process (ongoing until autumn 2013)?
If you have more questions the public and City Council should ask, please send WEN your suggestions for posting here, to info [at] westendneighbours.ca.