COV has issued a RFP to examine the different options of the link from Georgia St To Pacific Blvd. This is one of the projects I'm most looking forward in the next few years.
City Council approved Terms of Reference for the Northeast False Creek High Level Review, which calls for a pedestrian and cycling link between West Georgia Street and Pacific Boulevard. The proposed alignment of the link is along the east side of BC Place Stadium, allowing a pedestrian and cycling connection from the southeast intersection of Beatty Street and Georgia Street to Pacific Boulevard including the potential for an overpass to the south side of Pacific Boulevard. The limits of conceptual design are from the southeast corner of Beatty Street and Georgia Street to the south side of Pacific Boulevard
The general concept is, at a minimum, a major downtown pedestrian link with urban design considerations that create a strong connection between the Northeast False Creek Neighbourhood and the downtown core.
A service life for the proposed link of at least 75 years will be required.
The purpose of the study to be undertaken by the proponent is to prepare design options for three different types of connections (set out below), along with the respective costs of each option, that will inform a decision on a final design for this important public place at the eastern terminus of Georgia Street, Vancouver’s Ceremonial Boulevard.
a)The designs are to:
i) Provide an attractive and inviting experience that will draw pedestrians to and through the space, and
ii) Create a series of gracious public spaces through a sequence of levels that connect streets, building entrances and concourses.
The Consultant(s) will:
a)With advice from City staff, identify and document with maps existing and potential pedestrian, bike and barrier free networks in the area that connect the downtown to the Northeast False Creek neighbourhood;
b)Prepare urban design principles that should guide creation of conceptual designs for the pedestrian link. Including consideration of:
i) Adjacent existing and future land uses;
ii) Connectivity to adjacent buildings/properties, including BC Place, GM Place, pedestrian routes, public transit etc. Documented with maps indicating pedestrian desire lines;
iii) Event crowd dispersal, including way-finding;
iv) Sun exposure and weather protection;
vii) Public art and water features; and
viii) Seating opportunities;
c) Meet with the BC Pavilion Corporation (PavCo), and/or their Consultants, to review the recently completed work on exiting requirements, the plans for upgrading the stadium and initial design for a tower on the Southeast corner of the stadium site;
d) Determine the grade change between Georgia Street and Pacific Boulevard and provide options for the footprints required to achieve varying connection types:
i) A pedestrian connection;
ii) A pedestrian and barrier free connection; and
iii) A pedestrian, barrier free and bicycle connect