Carlito Pablo in the Georgia Straight reports on the expansion of the Vancouver waterfront container terminal owned by Port Vancouver. Just as in Deltaport, this proposed expansion is not in the City’s jurisdiction. Imagine-the Port is going to build an overpass at Centennial Road to “improve traffic flow on the port roadway for vehicles accessing Centerm by separating road and rail interactions,” the document stated. “This reduces delays to vehicles on port roadways as a result of rail blockages.”
Never mind that this new overpass completely blocks and obscures the lower floors and windows of one of the most iconic industrial buildings-The Rogers Sugar building facade, located at 123 Rogers Street.
This six storey warehouse is still in use, producing 240,000 tons of sugar products annually. This red brick structure was built in the 1920’s and has great significance as a primary industrial structure in an early growing Vancouver.
Viewed from the Powell Street overpass, the Rogers Sugar warehouse is one of the iconic views eastwards of the Vancouver waterfront.
So here’s the thing-is the smooth access of vehicles more important than the eastern view of this important building which plays a central part in the industrial development in Vancouver? And if the Port is determined to turn a hundred hectares of agricultural land in Richmond into port warehousing under the guise of federal jurisdiction, do they have any remote interest in protecting one of the most iconic waterfront views from the downtown?
The port authority should be holding more public consultations regarding their terminal expansion this year. For them it appears to be all business as usual.
The photo below shows the impact of the proposed overpass on the Rogers Sugar building facade.