Philippine food hub near Joyce Station is on the top 10 watch list of the Heritage Vancouver Society

The Heritage Vancouver Society has released its Top 10 watch list of places under pressure, especially from new residential buildings.

One of these valuable spaces is the primarily Filipino food hub near Joyce-Collingwood Station.

An application for zoning has been submitted by J + S Architect on behalf of owner and developer 1112151 BC Ltd. for 5163-5187 Joyce Street.

The property is home to six small food businesses, five of which cater to Filipino Canadians.

Two are small grocery stores where hard-to-find food and household items are available: Sari-Sari Philippine Grocery Store and Kay Market.

Three are restaurants, namely Kumare Express, Pampanga’s Cuisine and Plato Filipino.

The sixth company is Joyce Jiaozi, which serves Chinese food.

The proposed development seeks to build a 32-storey mixed building.

5163-5187 The Joyce Street proposal involves commercial use on the ground floor, a new Vancouver Public Library room on the second floor, and 293 upper-floor condominiums.

A J + S Architect rendering of 32-story condominium development proposed by owner and developer 1112151 BC Ltd.

“This part of Joyce is particularly important to the Filipino-Canadian community centered in the neighborhood, as well as those in the Metro Vancouver region that make this strip a destination,” the Heritage Vancouver Society noted in an article on the area.

The group recalled that organizations such as Collingwood Food Justice and Sliced ​​Mango Collective engaged the community about the “impacts that the loss of these businesses will have”.

It described that Sliced ​​Mango Collective describes how “culturally important this hub is”.

“They give community members access to cultural foods like herbal medicine and traditional dishes,” remarked Sliced ​​Mango Collective.

Moreover, “These businesses are what make the Joyce-Collingwood neighborhood a diverse cultural hub and a place where immigrants can feel at home.”

Online, the city of Vancouver states that it “recognizes that the loss of these important cultural food assets would have a significant impact on society”.

Therefore, “after hearing feedback from the local community, city staff will discuss these concerns with the project applicant and will ask them to consider making sure that displaced businesses can return to the site after remodeling”.

The Heritage Vancouver Society has noted this move from the city, but it is far from impressed.

“Although the city is now looking at this issue, if these are really significant cultural assets, then how can they be treated so that they are not considered trade-offs and made vulnerable in the first place?” asked the nonprofit organization.

In June 2016, City Council approved the Joyce-Collingwood Station Precinct plan.

The goal of the plan on paper is to create a transit-oriented community around the major transit hub.

The plan has spurred new developments in the area, especially high-rise condominiums, which is causing land prices to rise.

In its article on the Philippine Madhub, the Heritage Vancouver Society noted that the 2016 plan has been heralded as creating new spaces that will “activate the street level.”

Also that these spaces will “activate the neighborhood” and produce “a more active, vibrant local shopping street” or “more socially connected neighborhood”.

“It ignores the fact that this street is already activated, active, vibrant and socially connected,” the cultural heritage group stated.

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