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Board expresses conditional support for removing downtown viaducts

July 24, 2012

The Vancouver Board of Trade has sent a letter to City of Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson and city council expressing its conditional support of a proposal to replace the Georgia Viaducts.

In a letter dated July 9, Chair Ken Martin wrote that The Board of Trade is not opposed to the concept of removing the viaducts, but noted that The Board has “a series of specific concerns and recommendations for your consideration as you proceed to a more detailed and comprehensive analysis, planning and consultation phase.”

The remarks and recommendations in the letter are based on a preliminary viaduct presentation by city staff, reviewed May 31 by The Board’s Community Affairs Committee and its Urban Infrastructure Sub-Committee, with additional representation from The Board’s Regional Transportation Task Force.

“Given the preliminary nature of the materials shared with our committees, The Vancouver Board of Trade assumes that a comprehensive plan will be completed and canvassed for feedback before any irrevocable decision is made concerning the demolition of the Georgia Viaducts, and we offer conditional and conceptual support on that basis,” said Martin.

Speaking to council on July 24, Mayor Robertson said he appreciated The Board’s feedback on the proposal.

“It's great to see The Board of Trade has given conditional support to the proposal, but more work needs to be done to ensure the flow of goods is addressed in any changes that we approve," said Robertson.

The Board is pleased that the mayor has acknowledged its preliminary concerns, and The Board of Trade looks forward to further collaboration on this file.

For more information on the proposal, read the City of Vancouver's Vancouver Viaducts Study.

For more on The Board’s position and specific concerns, read the letter.

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