Vancouver Coastal Health is entering the next phase of the redevelopment of the Pearson Dogwood lands with the release of a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the sale a portion of the property.
VCH today posted an RFP for the sale and development of two parcels of land within the 25.4 acre Pearson Dogwood site located on Cambie Street between 57th Avenue and 59th Avenue, within the next two weeks.
The RFP will include a nearly six acre portion that runs parallel to Cambie Street containing the Dogwood Lodge Residential Care Home, and approximately 16 acres located on the westerly portion of the site containing the George Pearson Centre.
“This RFP is a major milestone for the project and will generate significant funding for investment into healthcare infrastructure,” said Minister of Health Terry Lake. “The goal of the redevelopment has always been to leverage the value of the Pearson Dogwood lands to generate capital for VCH to build a range of housing options and clinical services both on the site and throughout VCH.”
Much of this value can be attributed to the land use policy statement unanimously approved by the City of Vancouver Council in February 2014. It supports the development of a range of residential living options to meet the needs of adults with disabilities and older adults as well as affordable rental housing on the site. The policy also prescribes the development of a complete community that includes retail amenities, healthcare, market and non-market housing, and recreational facilities.
VCH will retain a 3.2 acre parcel for proposed health care and community uses, which includes a new 150 bed residential care home, a community health centre, an expanded YMCA, and a new therapeutic pool.
“The RFP will enable VCH to identify a developer that shares our vision and philosophy of using the Pearson Dogwood redevelopment to create a vibrant and active community that also supports our commitment to address the needs of seniors and those with disabilities,” said Mary Ackenhusen, President and CEO of VCH.
All proceeds generated from the sale of the Pearson Dogwood Lands will remain with VCH for re-investment into health infrastructure. The current operations of both the Dogwood Lodge and George Pearson Centre will not be impacted by the land sale. The selection of the preferred proponent is expected by the end of the year.
The Pearson Dogwood lands were initially developed for institutional healthcare uses in the 1950’s and are used exclusively for adults with physical disabilities and older adults needing residential care. There are currently two facilities on the site, both operated by VCH – the George Pearson Centre (GPC) and Dogwood Lodge. Both of these facilities are outdated and are a priority for replacement.
To view the Request for Proposals please visit BC Bid (www.bcbid.gov.bc.ca) under the Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizen Services.