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Condos eyed for Port Place plan.  Project will be introduced in several stages

The Star, Published: Friday, April 16, 2010

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Third store opens for Salvation Army (at Southgate Mall)

By Rachel Stern – Nanaimo News Bulletin,Published: April 14, 2010

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Darrell Bellaart, Daily News, Published: Tuesday, April 13, 2010

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Story ends for longtime bookseller

Large chains dominate in the competitive industry, says owner of Falconer’s books

Walter Cordery, Daily News, Published: Tuesday, April 13, 2010

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Residents rescue neighbourhood

South-end citizens come together to clean an area once rife with crime and disorder  (article about tree planting day)

Danielle Bell, The Daily News,published: Monday, April 12, 2010

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Cruise ship terminal still stuck in mud

Little said as talks continue between Ottawa, Snuneymuxw and port officials

Darrell Bellaart, The Daily News,Published: Thursday, April 08, 2010

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7-Eleven store may be key to rejuvenation

Business may be resurrected at south-end corner where it previously encountered many localized problems.

Derek Spalding, The Daily News, Published: Tuesday, April 06, 2010

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Derek Spalding, The Daily News, Published: Tuesday, April 06, 2010

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Meeting may salvage shaky deal to build cruise-ship dock. Port authority, MP differ on who needs to resolve impasse

Robert Barron, The Daily News,Published: Tuesday, April 06, 2010

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The Daily News,Published: Monday, April 05, 2010

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Tree planting coming to the 600 block Haliburton St!

SECA is extending the Haliburton Street Tree Planting Project to the 600 block, Haliburton Street. Alan Kemp, the City’s Urban Forrester, has secured funding from BC Hydro and Trees Canada allowing the purchase of 30 cherry trees. We are planting the trees on Saturday April 10th and hoping that you can help out.

We also need to water the trees over the summer in order to help them get established. Our hope is to identify residents who can commit to caring for one or two nearby trees over the summer months.

When: 9am Saturday April 10th

Where: meeting mid block, West side, by lane access to Haliburton.

Bring: Shovels and work gloves

We are planning a bbq for lunch. Location to be announced.

For more info come to next SECA meeting on April 7th, 7pm at Princess Royal or call Douglas Hardie at 250 754 0677

* The Newcastle Neighbourhood Assocation were the other luck recipients of trees, and held their planting on  march 27.  To see photos, please click here.

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Why this lane? was the question we started with on March 16th when the South End Community Association hosted a meeting of property owners, managers, and residents, as well as City of Nanaimo and law enforcement officials, to talk about problems in the laneway bordered by Haliburton, Milton, Nicol, and Farquhar.

With the help of city staff and RCMP, we identified places where gaps in fencing allow people to easily evade police, niches and ledges that encourage loitering, areas where high fences block sight lines, and weeds and refuse that send a clear message that “no one cares.”

That message changed on April 25th.  With the cooperation of many owners, tenants, and surrounding neighbours:

  • We cleaned and hauled.  We weeded.  We dug and planted.
  • We painted.
  • We created the image that this is not a neglected laneway.
  • Then we took back the lane, and held a lunch party, complete with DJ music and Gord Fuller’s famous BBQ hot dogs.

Over 50 people came out to turn the lane into a thing of beauty..ok, ok…better than it was…WAY better….!

For photos of the clean up event,  click HERE

Or click here for Daily News article!

Tree of Life

Tree of Life

What’s Next?

Residents asked for more painting in the lane, so we’re planning a second painting day in July.

Some are even dreaming about a community garden. which we’re likely too late for this year, but we can keep working on it.

But for now, we believe we’re getting the new message across loud and clear: that this is a strong community that is staking its claim on the laneway.

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Neighbourhood Plan Delayed

In light of the current economic situation, city officials have been pouring over their budgets, trying to get as much for their dollar as possible.  One of the possible budget lines on the chopping block was the 2 neighbourhood plans slated for this year.

Now we’re not really sure about those other guys, but we believe that there is NO neighbourhood in the city undergoing as much change as the South End right now.  A neighbourhood plan will:

  • Allow us to plan for less light industrial and more residential.
  • Give us the clarity to get involved in issues like wharf lands development.
  • Help us better partner with downtown to deal with safety issues and Nicol Street improvements.
  • Ensure that if/when the Sandstone and Cable Bay developments south of town ramp up, we won’t become the default high-traffic corridor to downtown.

So we sprung..er, sprang to action (dictionary.com says both words are good, so we did both..:)  SECA board member Pat Portsmouth presented our case to City Council on March 16, and our board members attended council meeting on March 23.   Pat reminded them that: 1) we’ve been very busy since we applied for the plan back in September 2007,  2) that we’re ready to go and that 3) we’re a thrifty bunch of volunteers.  She and board Vice Chair Gord Fuller have been lobbying to get the votes we need from council to stay on the budget for this year.  We’re optimistic…as usual…!

News coverage:

South-End Residents Want Promised Plan

Thanks to Matt Hussman at the Downtown Nanaimo Partnership for writing a letter of support for our plan.

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Deverill Square Park Improvements

kristy

You may have noticed some upgrades to the washroom building at Deverill Square Park.  The Parks Recreation and Culture Department has been working to make them safer and universally accessible. The upgrades are nearing completion.

In addition, families in the South End can look forward to a new tricycle trail and spray park for summer 2009.   Underground works will begin this April while paving and above ground work will be completed by June 15th (in time for the warm weather and Miner’s Picnic).  The conceptual water park design and elements are pictured below.

Parking and road end upgrades along Irwin Street are also planned for fall 2009.

~Kirsty MacDonald
Parks and Recreation

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Omni Foods Moves To South End

Omni Building

The building at 106 Fry Street has been spiffed up and now houses Omni Foods.  Omni Foods warehouses and distributes a wide variety of food items to convenience stores including Shell, Husky, Esso, Gas n Go, and the General Stores and Markets.

Originally located on Boban Road, they outgrew their former location and moved to the South End in December.  Welcome to Barry, Donna, Dave and the rest of your staff, and thanks for the great reno job!

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Nanaimo VIPs attend SECA Meetings

We’ve been really fortunate over the past few months to have some great resource folks attend our meetings and give us updates.  We’d like to say “thanks” to:

  • Chris Sholberg, who is our neighbourhood plan expert
  • Dave Laberge and Cameron Thompson from the RCMP, who have attended the past 2 meetings to give us updates on their efforts
  • Matt Hussman from the Downtown Nanaimo Partnership, who has been keeping us abreast of their activities
  • MLA Doug Routley, who dropped in in February
  • Councillors Fred Pattje and Jim Kipp, who were great resources at our March meeting.

We know it takes extra time for you to come and attend, and we are really grateful for your ongoing support in the South End!

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Haliburton Loses a Bit of Traffic

Two houses containing illegal suites at 45 & 47 Haliburton Street were the source of inspection by the fire department, leading to tenant evictions.  As well, the RCMP executed a search warrant at 47 Haliburton St on March 18, resulting in the arrest of numerous individuals and the seizure of drugs, money and weapons.

Links to news articles:

From the Nanaimo Daily News:

Hazards prompt fire chief to evict downtown tenants

Evicted tenants scramble to move :Fire department orders occupants to vacate dangerous illegal suites in downtown home

From the Nanaimo News Bulletin:

Tenants forced out of unsafe Nanaimo rental suites

Fencing

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Fencing Guys Not Impacted by Recession!

Once upon a time this whole part of Esplanade had shrubs and was a problem area that attracted litter and vagrancy.

This fence has been recently installed; going all the way from the harbour truck entrance at Crace and Esplanade around the corner at Front Street.

Dog inspecting new fence just before christening it (if you know what I mean!)

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Laneway Clean-up Started

A small, creative group of folks met a few weeks ago to talk about the problems in the lane between Nicol and Haliburton Streets (200 block.) Five property owners took up our invitation to meet with a few SECA Board members, our Bylaw officer, Bill Kiselbach, and Chris Sholberg and John Horn from the City Planning Department.

As happens so often here in the South End, the discussion dealt with a very tough issue with loads of cooperation, good sense, empathy, creativity, and even a measure of fun!  The group will begin forming a more detailed plan in the next few weeks, including both short- and long-term ways to deter drug-related activity in the lane.  Look for some aesthetic improvement very soon!

Thanks to John Cross for providing the meeting space!

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Want Ads

Are you a musician with a hankering to join a group? Bowen Entertainment Orchestra, the band that has played for many years during the pancake breakfast at the picnic are looking for new members, musicians, who can practice weekly at 1pm at Bowen complex and perform in weekly concerts.  Call Bettina Moss at 250 753 1856.

Looking for a 1-bedroom suite. Bill and his little pug Brandis, regular walkers in the neighbourhood are 2 of the residents who must move due to the fire code problem mentioned in this newsletter.  He’s looking for a 1 bedroom apartment, up to $600/month.  If you have a place, drop him a note at 45B  Haliburton or e-mail southendcommunityassociation@gmail.com and we’ll pass the word along.

The neighbourhood bookshelf at 152 Irwin Street is normally a beehive of activity, but right now, it’s so low that even books we thought would only be used to even out tippy chair and table legs have been taken.  Books, movies, magazines, if you have anything that passers-by can use, we’d appreciate them.  Thanks!

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