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A new grant program supporting critical upgrades to preserve and protect buildings owned by Chinese Family Clan and Benevolent Societies has been approved by Vancouver City Council.

The Chinese Society Buildings Matching Grant Program will provide matching grants for maintenance and upgrades to buildings owned by the societies. Heritage buildings and those with affordable and social housing units will get priority consideration.

“This grant program recognizes the importance of maintaining these buildings as cultural anchors in our city, and shows how we can use new development to support and strengthen local heritage,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “The society buildings play a key role in preserving Chinatown’s unique heritage and identity, providing affordable housing, and contributing to the revitalization of Chinatown and the Downtown Eastside.”

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Mayor’s email, June 25 2013:

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Today City Council heard a comprehensive staff report on the future of the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts and what opportunities could arise for Vancouver’s future with their potential removal.

This latest report is a turning point: it clearly outlines the major benefits that could be realized in terms of adding extra green space, more affordable housing, and remarkable potential benefits for Vancouver’s historic Chinatown and Strathcona neighbourhoods.

It also addresses many of my concerns about ensuring strong business access to the downtown, clearly demonstrating how bringing Georgia Street down to Pacific Boulevard will create an easy 2-way street in and out of downtown Vancouver.

It’s clear that removing the viaducts represents a major opportunity to positively shape Vancouver’s future, but we want to get it right – and that’s why we still need to hear more from citizens, nearby neighbourhoods, and stakeholders.

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Mayor Gregor Robertson today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with S.U.C.C.E.S.S. establishing a long-term partnership to create affordable and supportive housing for seniors, families and youth in the City of Vancouver.

“The City of Vancouver and S.U.C.C.E.S.S. share a common goal to develop more affordable housing and support services,” said Mayor Robertson. “S.U.C.C.E.S.S. is a natural partner for the City because of their strong track record of delivering culturally-appropriate, community-based supportive housing.”

S.U.C.C.E.S.S. has been providing health-related housing and  support services for seniors in Chinatown since 2001.  And since 2008 it has been operating and managing social housing units in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver. Over the past 38 years, it has provided over 6 million client services to Metro Vancouver.

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Mayor Gregor Robertson introduced a motion today at council to have more public consultation and engagement on planning in the Downtown Eastside, saying there needs to be more community consultation before moving forward with proposals for taller buildings.

He also called for the creation of a Downtown Eastside neighbourhood committee to facilitate a neighbourhood-led engagement process. The motion was approved by council.

“We’ve heard loud and clear from people both in and outside the Downtown Eastside that they have major concerns about the proposal to allow taller buildings in the neighbourhood,” said Mayor Robertson. “The long-term revitalization of the DTES requires broad community buy-in and support, and we don’t have that yet.

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A 45-foot neon sign installed on the exterior of Chinatown Plaza at the corner of Keefer and Quebec is poised to become a new landmark for Vancouver’s historic Chinatown.

As part of the City of Vancouver’s New Beginnings program, which celebrates the history, heritage and culture of the city’s first urban areas, the new sign will improve the exterior appearance of the city-owned Chinatown Plaza building, bring additional lighting to the neighbourhood and increase night-time programming and business opportunities for local merchants.

“Vancouver’s Chinatown was historically a vibrant business hub decorated with colourful neon signs, and we’re determined to bring economic prosperity back to the neighbourhood,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson at a ceremony today

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