As a response to public outreach by the Stanley Park Advocates, a concerned citizens’ group challenging a “brewpub” proposed by Stanley Park Brewing (owned by global giant Anheuser Busch), the Vancouver Park Board issued a media release yesterday (Jan 16).
We provide that Park Board text further below, but precede that with a fresh news release by the Stanley Park Advocates, which has been tracking this issue for a couple years now. See our previous post on this topic (Citizens fight Council approval for Anheuser-Busch (Stanley Park Brewing) brew pub in Stanley Park (Wed 17-Jan-2018)).
One first observation by Stanley Park Advocates when reading the Park Board’s press release is that the Park Board appears to have abruptly changed the wording when they refer to the application in just the past few days. Previously, the proposal was always referred to officially as a “brewpub” (in fact, the official agenda item for Council is “8901 Stanley Park Drive – Stanley Park Brewpub – Liquor Primary Licence and Outdoor Patio Application”). But for the new Park Board press release it has suddenly become a “Restaurant.” The citizens told CityHallWatch: “It is exactly from the first line that one starts to have to do research and is unable to trust what they are saying.” The group has identified many other details where the Park Board is being loose with the facts. “We would much rather they just state their case openly and honestly and address public concerns directly,” they say.
Stanley Park Advocates
January 16, 2018
After a failed process and inadequate consultation, City Council is poised to approve Anheuser-Busch’s manufacturing facility that contradicts traditional Park zoning. The Park Board has modified their news release two days before they go to City Hall for approval to build this controversial Anheuser-Busch brewery in the world-cherished Stanley Park.
Up until this time, the related marketing material has promoted the added brewery to a long-established restaurant location. They are now downplaying the brewery aspect of their venture with the emphasis of a restaurant. This exact ‘marketing’ behaviour has the public concerned.
“Just tell the truth and be accountable to citizens by holding a public meeting so questions can be answered. Why isn’t the Park Board following their Public Engagement Standards? Why are they so reluctant to hold a basic public meeting for everyone?” says Val Lemaitre, a resident of the West End neighbourhood.
Changes in building and purpose
The Park Board indicates that there will be no change to the building footprint, yet their submitted plans show an expanded patio and patio capacity more than tripling near the at-risk heron breeding colony. The Park Board indicates this will activate this public space. It will also offer retail off-sales of alcohol where alcohol is prohibited. In fact, aside from a restaurant, people don’t want the space activated. Besides, the Park Board doesn’t know what people want from this area as they haven’t asked. There has been no forum to collect community thoughts or ideas to draw any conclusion. Continue reading