Meeting Notes: April 2015

We had another exciting and stimulating meeting of the Grandview Heritage Group last night, with about 20 folks in attendance.  The topics we discussed were as wide-ranging as ever.

  • Ann presented information about a film screening and an art show, both of which will be of interest to Vancouver urbanists.  At the Grunt Art Gallery right now, until May 16, is an exhibition of photographic work by Henri Robidaux called “Eraser Street”, a take-off on Fraser Street.  Also, on Friday 24th April, Julia Kwan’s documentary exploring the changes in Chinatown and called “Everything Will Be” is being shown at the Hasting Community Centre.
  • Eric presented the latest in his series of monthly “Happening In the ‘Hood” guides. We looked at a number of older buildings that have been sold recently. There was a discussion about the City’s long term plans for the north side of E.1st by Clark Drive where they have owned the block for many years now.  This led to an interesting side-bar on the effect moving St Paul’s Hospital to the East End may have on local development and traffic patterns.  The future of the Bosa Grocery building on Victoria was discussed, as was the development right opposite that site. Eric also pointed out the deterioration in the Grandview Smoke Shop “Star Weekly” sign on Commercial.  Perhaps GHG could assist in the restoration.
  • Eric also reported on his visit to a workshop by Nickel Brothers on how to move a heritage house.  The average cost to move a house off-lot is about $35,000, and trolley lines are the biggest obstacle.
  • Our 429 Geog UBC student Kevin Shackles gave us his excellent prresentation on the history (and possible future) of the corner grocery stores in residential neighbourhoods, featuring Grandview. He covered the history of small retail merchandising and then examinded the histories of several local stores.  He noted the almost universal change to Chinese owners since the War.  In addition to his presentation, Kevin has produced a 20+ page XLS spreadsheet covering the entire range of stores in residential Grandview; a fabulous resource.  He also outlined a number of future research ideas for the future. It was an excellent exercise working with Kevin this year, and I know we all wish his the very best in his continuing education and future career.
  • Jak presented the idea (suggested by many others) that thereshould be Grandview Museum/Archives component in the Britannia Renewal planning that is currently ongoing. Jak will draft a letter giving GHG’s support to the idea.
  • We briefly discussed the 2015 Century Signs campaign, and whether or not to participate in Car Free Day this year.  These two events will be discussed in detail at the May meeting.
  • We also broefly discussed the current state of the Grandview Community Plan Citizens’ Assembly, which is now getting close to formally endorsing their recommendations.  Some cynicism of the process was still expressed.  The next, possibly final, Public Roundtable event is on 5th May.

All in all, another worthwhile event from GHG!

Next meeting this Thursday the 16th of April, 7 pm

Another action-packed GHG meeting on the horizon, as always in the Britannia Boardroom (go into the info centre just west of the lane on the north side of the Greenway – the continuation of Napier Street west of The Drive). Everyone is welcome.

Agenda items will include:

•Eric Phillips’s Happenings in the ‘Hood – what’s been going on in the past month;

•Kevin Shackles will present the results of his study of Grandview grocery stores of yore – Kevin is a student in the UBC Geography 429 course and undertook a project for the GHG on the history of grocery stores not on either The Drive or Hastings Street.

• We will put dates on the calendar to begin our Century Signs campaign for 2015; the 20+ signs in the neighbourhood need to be rounded up and cleaned and a set of new houses must be found and researched.

Everyone is welcome!

Heritage Salvage Sale — This Saturday!

The Vancouver Heritage Foundation is holding a sale that should be of great interest for those with heritage houses or looking to do a fix-up. As they write:

We have collected enough material to host a one-day sale of architectural salvage. The types of items we will have range from hardware and small metal pieces to leaded-glass windows and solid wood doors. There will also be a few unique pieces that may just be the missing part of your project. Please come prepared to take away purchased items the day of the sale.

 

Saturday, April 11th
1pm – 4pm
593 E. Georgia St (access via the lane)