Posts Tagged ‘Port Place Mall’

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Darrell Bellaart, Daily News, Published: Friday, August 19, 2011

Soil contamination from an old dry-cleaning plant set back completion and drove up costs for a major renovation underway at Port Place Shopping Centre.

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Derek Spalding, Daily News,Published: Friday, August 19, 2011

Owners of Port Place Shopping Centre have nearly completed the first phase of a massive redevelopment, which could take at least 10 years to fully complete. The project remains the largest development in Nanaimo currently under construction and will go a long way in the ongoing revitalization of the downtown. It is one of many mixed-use developments in the city.


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Darrell Bellaart, The Daily News

Published: Friday, April 29, 2011

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Council offers its approval for 26-storey tower concept

Downtown highrise development will dramatically change the look of Port Place mall

Derek Spalding, Daily News, Published: Thursday, August 12, 2010

Nanaimo rethinks crack kits for addicts

City that was up in arms over giving free pipes to users has come around to harm reduction

Ian Bailey.  The Globe and Mail. Published on Saturday Aug 7, 2010

Interesting that the Globe and Mail would publish an in-depth article on this.  The comments are worth reading as well.

I asked Social Planner John Horn for a comment.  Here is his response.

As you know the issue of harm reduction carries some controversial elements.  There are strong arguments BOTH for and against the efforts that publically funded agencies are taking to implement  harm reduction in our community.

Each one of us has our own vision of the best solution.  But the best solution, really, comes from doing what helps the largest number.   This is happily where we seem to have landed in terms of how Nanaimo City Council chooses to respond to the distress caused by addictions in our community.

From a city standpoint, there’s much we cannot do.  The usual mechanisms of harm reduction are mainly in the hands of senior governments, clean needles, safe smoking kits etc.  But in the domain of land use we have committed to our own version of harm reduction – housing for the poorest.  This is probably the most powerful harm reduction tool in the toolbox.  “

Plans could drastically transform waterfront

Industrial area will become a transportation hub

Derek Spalding, Daily News, Published: Friday, August 06, 2010

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A Public Hearing was held on July 8 to consider rezoning Port Place Mall to permit the use of land for a highrise building of 26 storeys.


Yes, it got passed.  For followup discussion, check out the posts on the  Nanaimo City Hall blog.

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Three neighbourhood associations banded together in less than 24 hours and went to council meeting on June 21.  They suggested that they would appreciate being included in consultation of the Port Place development and permit approval.

  • Gord Fuller of SECA spoke to the history of Harbour Park Mall and the fact that the plans had changed so much since the original presentation months ago, no one was really clear on the scope of the development or what the changes were.
  • Jacquie Howardson from the Neighbours of Nob Hill spoke to the importance of downtown development working within the context of old neighbourhoods and the knowledge that exists within those communities.
  • Frank Murphy spoke to the process of the development permit process and read a statement from NOCA (Nanaimo Old City Association) who agreed that neighbourhood consultation was a good thing and that it didn’t happen in this case.

An article in the Nanaimo New Bulletin covered the meeting:

Council approves Port Place development permit

By: Toby Gorman, Nanaimo News Bulletin. Published: June 23, 2010

Counselor Jim Kipp felt that consultation with neighbourhoods was desirable and asked about the planning process in that regard.  Council unanimously approved the development permit Phase 1 and Phase 2 with little discussion or questions to the developer.

First Capital held an open house to show drawings to the public last Wednesday.  Unfortunately, we only found out about it a few hours before it happened, not enough time to invite South End residents.  Perhaps we can invite them to a SECA meeting to present their plans.

In the meantime, phase 3…a 26 storey tower slated for the north-east corner of the property is a rezoning issue, and will be presented to the Design Advisory Panel on July 8.  One of our resources offered this:

It is only when they move to phase three and rezone to allow for higher height that a public hearing will have to be held and then the public can speak, but even then it will be just to allowing for greater height and not design of the project.

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In my search for ongoing updates, I stumbled across a new blog, titled NanaimoCityHall.com.  I connected with them and they responded with what they believe are the most current links to the planning commission.  (I actually had these earlier but didn’t post them because I figured there might be something newer…these are almost a year old.)

Nevertheless, if you haven’t had the chance to see them, they are here:



They have also written a post on the blog about their own understanding of the development.

The architects presented redesigned drawings to the Planning Advisory Committee on Thursday May 27.  Some of the key issues/changes that you as a resident may be interested in:

  • a private road (“High Street”) through the development, entering and existing at roughly the existing entrance points.  The original plan of a traffic circle at Front Street has been cancelled.
  • The Italian Fountain will be the central focus for a plaza area at the front entrance.
  • A planned bike lane along Front Street (proposed by the city) has been nixed by retail tenants because it would eliminate 58 car stalls.
  • A high rise tower, originally planned for the south east corner of the site, has now been moved to the north east corner.  It is planned to sit beside 2 buildings facing the High Street, which will contain retail (including hoped-for restaurant/pub operations with rooftop decks) and an extra story to residential (now up to 6 storeys.)  The high-rise tower is part of future planning, and will require an application for rezoning.
  • Two buildings at the south-west corner of the property near the New Hope Centre are planned to house a restaurant and perhaps a bank.
  • The casino is owned separately and was not presented as part of the plans.

The Planning Advisory Committee accepted the changes as presented.

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

The Star, Published: Friday, April 16, 2010


Third store opens for Salvation Army (at Southgate Mall)

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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We sing with gusto!

On Christmas eve, a group of about 15 carollers braved the cold to sing around the South End.  A highlight of the evening was our stop at the Balmoral, where we got a warm reception from the catering staff and some of the residents, who came out and sang along with us.

And on Christmas afternoon, we entertained at Dufferin Lodge, the extended care facility beside the hospital.  We told stories and jokes, like this one:

Turkey Trouble: It was Christmas Eve in at the supermarket and a woman was anxiously picking over the last few remaining turkeys in the hope of finding a large one.

In desperation she called over the meat manager and said, ‘Excuse me. Do these turkeys get any bigger?’

‘No, madam, ‘he replied, ‘they’re all dead.’

This year (our second one), we got bolder and invited audience participation (we had a BIG audience.)  The “12 Days of Christmas” turned out to be a lively song with wild & crazy headgear, and singers reinacted “I want a Hippopotamus from Christmas” with a bunch of placards.  And we handed out stuffed toys, thanks to the Nanaimo Toy Drive, to both residents in the audience and also those who were bed-ridden and unable to attend.

Soon these volunteers were all wearing silly hats.

Thanks to Pat Squire for linking us together with the Toy Drive folks, to Sydney Robertson, Rebecca and Michaela Chan for pulling together the entertainment, and to Ed Chan, for goodnaturedly holding up the male voice section…:)

In the News….

More on the Value Lodge’s nuisance property designation from the Nanaimo Daily News’ Dec. 1 edition.  Click here.

Merchants bail out as Port Place mall gets ready to renovate from Dec 5 Nanaimo Daily news article.

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