One of the big ticket items tonight under many agenda headings is the new Harry Jerome CRC. Personally I feel this vessel is already being moored over at the DNVC’s new Delbrook Centre and at the West Vancouver Recreational Centre and currently proposed new lower Capilano Rec Centre.. Therefore there is no need for an over-the-top planned $130 – 160 million HJCRC Megadome.
Yes, there is a CNV and District of North Vancouver agreement to cost-share the operating costs for the new Harry Jerome Recreation Centre, including a 50 metre pool, consistent with the North Vancouver Recreation and Culture Commission’s current operating cost-sharing formula, which applies to existing recreation facilities. And what may put this agreement in jeopardy/escrow is both cities share the SAME LAW FIRM – Bull + Housser. And with a number of private gyms holding their own in our city to support a new HJCRC Megadome featuring a 50 metre pool is too rich for my blood… I’m on a less tax, less density intake diet.
Spending up to $160 million on a new HJCRC that on the flip side will also increase our population/density by around 1,500 by double dipping campaign donor Darwin Developments. Replacing the existing Harry Jerome lands will only further exhaust and stress our sewer/water/road infrastructures and further congest our commuter/traffic crisis.
Instead we should be focusing, agenda-sizing real low income affordable rentals, NOT market valued rentals or WTF: $2,000 mo. reduced rentals that our low income (part-time) work force STILL can’t afford. A critical workforce determining the survival, the wellness of so many of our local retail and restaurant businesses!… The very ones (mayor) who do “bike to work.”
And when it comes to HJCRC well… we need to go back to the drawing board and look at a less hurried cost efficient approach that may just entail the redevelopment of the existing Harry Jerome complex in modular/re-adaptable annexed parcels. #HJreboot
And in other related traffic congestion news: mayor and city council…
With density having reached unprecedented 2041+ levels many are now realizing the adverse impact and negative wellness it is having on our neighbourhoods. We do not need up to 1,500 more residents taking over the existing HJCRC lands as it only further injects unabated commuter congestion and gridlock and neighbourhood stress.
Re: HJCRC, I realize there are according to the MODUS survey a mere 900 across the entire North Shore of over 180K in support of the proposed HJCR Centre and only 241 whose postal code actually live in this neighbourhood. Yes, our existing HJCRC is at the end of its run. But I am completely opposed to spending $130 to $160 MILLION on an enchilada sporting mega-dome. The interest so far does not warrant such an all inclusive sporting facility. And our current HJCRC is NOT operating anywhere near full capacity, partly due to the onslaught of private fitness centres and just a few blocks north of HJCRC is the “brand new” Delbrook Community Recreation Centre that has a six lane, 25 metre pool. And what is blatantly missing is an attached PARKADE, or inclusive ground level parking to accommodate the traffic for those attending say an aquatic competition. A spendthrift mega-dome dependent on drawing people from across the North Shore and from the lower mainland… oh yeah I forgot everyone will be bicycling or taking transit and being dropped off and picked up at the ONE NORTH/SOUTH BUS STOP.
We should be seriously looking at alternative low-cost prefabricated modular options allowing for a much faster and cost effective turnaround in the reconstruct of our existing HJCRC. Rebuilding from the ground up in SECTIONS – independent state of the art building materials – allowing the rest of the existing rec centre to remain active. This would allow new second floor areas to be portable, interchangeable, easily updated meeting the unforeseen demands placed on the new rec centre for decades to come… and there lies the challenge, the needed resilience to reinvent our 52 year old HJCRC working drawings.
Tonight’s agenda once again does not address our many SHORTcomings like: offering city rent-controlled housing for people who work full or part-time in our local business whom cannot AFFORD our escalating rental/housing costs. And like so many asking: “Why does the Mayor hide our Statement of Financial Information – is it that incriminating?”
Meanwhile way, way back during our last NVCH meeting…
A must read: Rebellion in the Neighbourhood by Corrie Kost via https://www.theglobalcanadian.com/2138-2/#.WoXSXnx9u6o.wordpress
The proof is in the pudding thanks to: North Van City Voices: https://nvcityvoices.files.wordpress.com/2018/01/cnv_housing-units-january-2018.xls