We aim to keep neighbours informed of the work being done on site and to minimize disruptions.
Demolition of the former Sunny Hill Health Centre building on the site will take place throughout the fall of 2023. Work at the site began in early October with tree protection, and will be followed by the installation of fencing around the site, and hazmat removal. Demolition will take several months, and will follow the City of Vancouver noise control bylaw.
We had to cancel our virtual Q&A with our demolition contractor, Clearview Demolition Ltd. since not enough people registered. If you have specific questions, please contact the team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We're launching a separate newsletter for neighbours to keep you informed about activities related to demolition such as road disruptions and other major work on the site. You can also sign up for demolition updates by email here.
The project team has made every effort to preserve the majority of trees on the site. The green space at the north end will be largely left intact. However, 11 trees are too close to the existing building and will have to be removed prior to demolition.
There are 35 trees close to the demolition site; 24 will be retained and the following 11 trees will be removed:
- 2 Douglas Firs: as the critical root zone relies on the building’s foundation for stability, the tree will not be stable following demolition.
- 6 trees growing in the raised courtyard inside the former Sunny Hill building.
- 1 English Oak: in poor health, growing adjacent to concrete stairs and ledge.
- 1 Colorado Spruce: in poor health, overgrown with ivy, has moderate inner deadwood.
- 1 Norway Maple: as the critical root zone relies on the building’s foundation for stability, the tree will not be stable following demolition.
The trees will be removed in October and November 2023.
The project team worked with professional arborists at Diamond Head Consulting
on a health assessment and retention plan for all trees on site.
The project team is honoured to work with the Host Nations to repurpose two Douglas Fir trees for ceremonial and cultural activities.
The project team is committed to planting new trees as part of the redevelopment of the site.
The project team has submitted a development permit application to the City of Vancouver and is awaiting its approval.
The project team submitted a rezoning application to the City of Vancouver, as a requirement to proceed with the redevelopment of the site. This means that a specific CD-1 bylaw will be written for this site to describe its use for health-care purposes. The rezoning application was approved at a public hearing on January 19, 2023.