“I think we should all take a pause here and catch our breath. Nothing is a done deal with the viaducts.”
Transportation Minister Todd Stone is telling Vancouver to “cool down” on its decision to tear down the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts.
Stone says it’s been years since the city reached out to the BC Pavilion Corporation, or PavCo, which owns BC Place.
“We have some very serious access concerns relating to this viaduct removal plan that are going to have to be addressed. There are some very significant mediation questions and challenges that are going to have to be addressed.”
Councillor Geoff Meggs says the city has consulted PavCo, and though he agrees there could be more discussion, the removal still ultimately the city’s decision.
PavCo spokesperson Duncan Blomfield says the Crown Corporation has been speaking with the city since 2012, but those have only been preliminary talks.
“Limited really to technical discussions about access to the stadium, the city is now given the planning department the mandate to explore those and plan those further, and that’s certainly an opportunity to have more meaningful discussions.”
See below a letter from PavCo to the City of Vancouver, dated Oct 6, 2015.