Mayor Robertson and Council have approved a new residential development at 1380-1382 Hornby/801 Pacific that will deliver 213 new homes - 65% of which are for families – and preserve Leslie House on Hornby Street. As part of the project, BC Artscape will develop a new, seven storey stand-alone community cultural hub that will provide an affordable space for professional artists to curate community programming.
“It’s great to see this new project at Hornby and Pacific touch on many of the City’s goals, delivering homes for families, preserving treasured Leslie House, and putting forward a unique community cultural hub that will support Vancouver’s vibrant arts and culture sector,” says Mayor Gregor Robertson.
Historic Leslie House, built in 1881 and one of the oldest surviving buildings in Vancouver, will be relocated to the southeast corner of Hornby Street facing Pacific Street to remain highly visible to the public. Revitalized, Leslie House will serve commercial uses, including retail, service, and office needs.
BC Artscape – funded by the City, Vancity Community Foundation and the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation - has been working since 2014 to develop the new community hub at 801 Pacific, which will house multiple tenants in a shared non-profit cultural space. Once complete, it will be transferred to City ownership. Staff will report back to Council in the coming months on the final space plans and lease terms.
Vancouver currently has 2,200 registered heritage buildings, 138 parks and trees, and additional monuments and archaeological sites. The City's long term goal is to protect, through voluntary designation, as many resources as possible on the Vancouver Heritage Register. The Heritage Action plan, approved by Council in 2013 to improve how we support heritage conservation in Vancouver, includes public engagement and a work program to be complete by 2016.