I have written before about the work of Stanley Woodvine who writes for the Georgia Straight. Mr. Woodvine is a homeless writer as well as a graphic artist, and brings a unique perspective to the city. I wrote about his take of people carrying large sandwich boards in the city, and the scramble for retail positions in a shifting storefront market.
Stanley Woodvine also likes to dumpster dive, and his combination of interest in city events and looking for that elusive item hit paydirt. And his latest find is truly the stuff of legends~Stanley’s “pastimes of binning and blogging unexpectedly came together on Friday (June 28) when I pulled actual blueprints for a Granville Street Skytrain station out of a cardboard Dumpster in the 1400 block of West Broadway.”
Unbelievably a set of blueprints for the proposed new Granville Street station were dated May 24, 2019, and stamped by architectural firm Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership (MCM) and building contractor PCI Developments. The plan showed that the new Broadway subway’s Granville street station will be on the northeast corner of West Broadway and Granville Street where the existing Royal Bank building is at 1489 Broadway.
The drawings themselves detail a five story mixed use building above ground with a curious six floors of parking for 332 vehicles below ground, completely out of keeping with the density of the project. Mr. Woodvine surmises that the five stories being built above ground may merely be a platform or podium for a tower that will require this parking capacity as part of their development permit. The drawings indicate the location of the “future residential elevator” which confirms Mr. Woodvine’s hunch. He also notes that the future tower may be 40 stories based upon the parking capacity noting that the new 40-storey condo tower at 1335 Howe includes 430 vehicle stalls.
You can take a look at Stanley Woodvine’s blog for the details of his remarkable find.
While the blueprints detail the location and access to the trains and suggest a five year process to build out, it is disappointing that once again no public washrooms are being planned at this major transit junction, despite the fact a recent TransLink survey indicated that over 70 percent of those surveyed would like them. As Mr. Woodvine surmises:
“Their apparent absence in the Granville station plans may piss off some people but one supposes that TransLink will argue that until the Broadway subway has been in operation for a while, it will not know which of the stations are busy enough to warrant washrooms.”
Given the high use of the Broadway corridor to the University of British Columbia, washrooms are definitely needed. Perhaps TransLink can rethink the need for washrooms as a vital basic human necessity. I guarantee that 100 percent of the transit using public will need these facilities at some time.
As former City of Vancouver Councillor Elizabeth Ball indicated in a motion “Access to public toilets is a basic human need and is a critical feature of any age-friendly city.”