Marpole: Vancouver's Gateway

Eburne Lands Coordinating Group holds Public Meeting on proposed Barge & Container Terminal on Richmond Island

NOVEMBER 30, 2004 - Vancouver, BC -- The lease is said to involve a major Roll-On-Roll-Off (RORO) barge and container terminal that will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week and generate 60-80 trucks per day into the streets of the Marpole neighbourhood. This unilateral move by the NFPA contradicts earlier undertakings to consult with the community around a new vision for the Marpole Gateway, as well as the NFPA's own mission statement.

Where: Scottish Cultural Centre - 8886 Hudson St, Vancouver (at 73rd  Ave. in Marpole) When: 7 PM, Tuesday, November 30, 2004 Who: Invited - Port North Fraser, City of Vancouver, Vancouver Parks Board

North Fraser Port Authority (NFPA) Ignores South Vancouver Neighbours

NOVEMBER 27, 2004 - Vancouver, BC -- In the wake of the controversy around the North Fraser Port Authority’s (NFPA) sale of prime waterfront land to TransLink for the construction of a Bus storage facility, word has leaked out that the NFPA intends to confirm a lease for Richmond Island in Vancouver’s Marpole neighbourhood at the foot of Milton Street and 75th Ave, adjacent to the Arthur Laing Bridge, that will further re-industrialize this southern gateway to the City.

A local community group that formed in response to the Bus Barn relocation has protested the NFPA's latest move and scheduled a town hall meeting to discuss the threat posed by the lease to the neighbourhood.

The lease is said to involve a major Roll-On-Roll-Off (RORO) barge and container terminal that will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week and generate 60-80 trucks per day into the streets of the Marpole neighbourhood. City Transfer - the company proposing to operate the terminal – is reportedly owned by the family of BC Liberal MLA Harold Long.

"Hundreds if not thousands of Marpole residents and businesses protested the NFPA's recent similar move that brought the TransLink Bus Barn to this waterfront," said Claudia Laroye, Co-Chair of the Eburne Lands Coordinating Group and Coordinator of the Marpole Business Improvement Association.

As a result of that public pressure, she said, TransLink has conceded a publicly accessible waterfront walkway along the river. But according to the NFPA's new move, "walkway users and visitors to Vancouver driving in from the airport will now be subjected to more truck traffic and the spectacle of a storage yard for rusty semi-trailers and containers," Laroye said.

Wendy Turner, the other ELCG Co-Chair, said that this unilateral move by the NFPA contradicts earlier undertakings to consult with the community around a new vision for the Marpole Gateway as well as the NFPA's own mission statement. "It flies in the face of widespread community demands for a more people-friendly waterfront and a more attractive gateway for the City," Turner said. "As the NFPA is well aware, the community is already planning a public discussion aimed at identifying much more valuable and acceptable uses for this flagship area that would also be more compatible with the residential neighbourhood."

According to the ELCG, there is no need for this minimum-employment type of operation to be located on this site. Turner said that the NFPA is simply moving the operation from one NFPA property to another: “They have many other options, including remaining at the current location well away from residential areas, or relocation to another industrial site such as Mitchell Island.”

The community group is calling on Marpole's elected representatives at Vancouver Council and Park Board, Provincial MLA Val Anderson, and Members of Parliament Ujjal Dosanjh and Stephen Owen to find a way for the NFPA to reconsider this course of action.

"Everyone in Marpole who cares about the traffic and the Fraser River waterfront should come to the town hall public meeting next Tuesday, November 30th at 7:00 PM at the Scottish Cultural Centre Auditorium, 8886 Hudson Street,” said Laroye. “We can let the politicians see how much people care and decide the next steps we need to take to prevent this travesty from going ahead."

Contact Information:

Claudia Laroye - Marpole BIA
Voice: 604-418-8232

Wendy Turner - Eburne Lands Coordinating Group
Voice: 604-738-9305