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Demolition & Construction

We aim to keep neighbours informed of the work being done on site and to minimize disruptions.

image of the demolition site with protective fences around the trees on site

Demolition & construction notices

If you would like to be notified of demolition and construction work at the site by email, please sign up for the mailing list here.


Demolition of the former Sunny Hill Health Centre building on the site will take place from fall 2023 through spring 2024. 

Work at the site began in early October with tree protection and installation of fencing around the site. Currently, work is underway to remove hazardous materials from inside the building. Demolition of the building will start in spring 2024 and will take several months. 

All work at the site is following the City of Vancouver noise control bylaw. We inform neighbours by email of any exemptions to the bylaw. You can sign up for notices here.

Notice of tree removal

image of trees that must be removed because for construction

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 were removed prior to demolition. 

There are 35 trees close to the demolition site; 24 will be retained and the following 11 trees have been 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 spring 2024.
The project team worked with professional arborists at Diamond Head Consulting on a health assessment, wildlife 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.‎

Development permit

The project team has submitted a development permit application to the City of Vancouver in March 2023. The Director of Planning approved the application on August 14, 2023, subject to conditions. A Development Permit will be issued once all conditions have been satisfied.


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.

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