The Mayor's email update on the Waldorf:
City Council is getting right down to work in 2013 and today’s first full Council meeting opened with a focus on protecting the Waldorf Hotel building, which is an important facility for arts and culture events.
Over 15,000 people signed a petition over the weekend expressing concerns about losing the Waldorf, a building and treasured arts and culture venue that resonates with people of all ages.
As Mayor, I’ve always believed that there’s a clear need for the City to support arts and culture – it’s something I campaigned on. On a per capita basis, Vancouver now has both the highest number of artists and the highest level of cultural funding in Canada.
At my request, City Council received a report from staff today on how best to immediately protect the Waldorf Hotel building.
Based on the recommendations from the report, the City has implemented a 120-day Temporary Protection order for the site under the Vancouver Charter, and will undertake a full review of the Waldorf’s heritage and cultural aspects for identification in a Statement of Significance for the site. The results of that review will be reported back to City Council by May of this year.
Staff also made it clear that no rezoning on the site could be possible until the Grandview Woodlands neighbourhood plan is complete. After extensive consultation, that plan will come back to Council for consideration in December 2013.
If you live in the area and want to get involved, check out this event on Thursday:
Our arts and culture sector is a big part of our city, contributing immensely to both our community and our economy. Creating and expanding a world-class arts and culture scene will always have its challenges, but I’m committed as Mayor to strengthening our creative sectors and sending a message that we want the arts to thrive in Vancouver.
There’s a lot on our plate for 2013. Affordable housing, transit investments, the future of the viaducts, and plans for a new Art Gallery are just some of what’s in store for council. I look forward to keeping you up to date and hearing your feedback every step of the way.
Thanks for your ideas and involvement,