Heart for the City Project Update

If you have any questions, please contact the Project Oversight Committee via [email protected]

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HFTC PROJECT STATUS UPDATE - MARCH 24, 2019

View the HFTC Construction Timeline HERE.

*Important Note: Construction and heritage restoration on this scale is subject to many variables. This schedule is based on current plans as of March 2019.

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LATEST PARKING UPDATE - JANUARY 27, 2019

The lower parking lot is now closed for construction.

On Sundays, parking is available at Nelson Square, 808 Nelson street. A parking attendant will be handing out temporary parking permits for visitors. You can get a ride from Nelson Square to the church from our shuttle service volunteer if you wait in the lobby of Nelson Square between 9.45am and 10am. We will have a drop-off/pick-up zone on the curb lane of Nelson Street in front of the ramp entrance where people with limited mobility can be dropped off. 

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For any further enquiries, please email the call the church office 604.683.8441 or email [email protected]

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HFTC PROJECT STATUS UPDATE - DECEMBER 23, 2018

Air Parcel

There are three parcels that were created and approved by the City of Vancouver. They are now legally registered. These air parcels have been created to allow for the financing, development, and construction of the residential condo tower as well as allowing for separate titles to the rental building and to the remaining lands which encompass the church facilities. Titles to the latter two parcels will remain with the church.

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HFTC PROJECT STATUS UPDATE - DECEMBER 7, 2018

Since the last update from the Project Oversight Committee, we have witnessed a lot of changes!

Last week, our 1023 and 1021 Nelson Street units were demolished. For 25 years, 1023 served as a dedicated space for our youth. Though originally named the Servants’ Quarters (SQ), it came to be called the “Youth House.” Along with 1045 (Rivendell), for many years, 1021 served the missional purpose of providing affordable housing for our neighbours. 

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HFTC PROJECT STATUS UPDATE - NOVEMBER 25, 2018

1. Agreement to License Facilities

In the course of planning for our temporary displacement, we discovered that our neighbour across the street, St. Andrew’s-Wesley, is set to undergo a similar seismic upgrade of their historic church building. It is anticipated that their displacement will last around 18 months—starting from the second week of February 2019.

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HFTC PROJECT STATUS UPDATE - OCTOBER 14, 2018

Tenant Relocation

In accordance with the Tenant Relocation and Protection Policy, the Operating Committee has effectively and compassionately managed the tenant relocations. We are pleased to let you know that all of the impacted tenants have found housing. We are hopeful that all the buildings will be vacant by end of this month, allowing for work to begin as soon as the permits are received. 

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HFTC PROJECT STATUS UPDATE - SEPTEMBER 16, 2018

1. Background 

First Baptist Church has significant historic and architectural value in the city, being one of the oldest buildings in downtown Vancouver. Our existing church building, however, is at risk in the event of an earthquake. The Heart for the City Project will restore and seismically upgrade the historic church building, in which we will be able to carry out our mission for generations to come. 

The proposed development will expand the community services the Church provides with approximately 45,000 square feet of additional purpose-built space and a new affordable rental building of approximately 50,000 square feet. The Church’s heritage restoration, the expansion of our space for various ministries, and the addition of a new affordable rental building will be constructed by Westbank. As part of our agreement, Westbank will also be constructing a market residential tower known as the Butterfly. 

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