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Remembering Wayne Nelsen

On November 11th, 2018, Strathcona lost one of its strongest and most passionate advocates, Wayne Nelsen. Wayne was a founding member of the Strathcona BIA, and served as a dedicated director from day one. After 20 years of service to our board, his impact and legacy is still felt everyday, from the daily operations of… (Read More)

Strathcona Tax Empowerment Program

At the beginning of the year, commercial property owners across the city are issued a notice of property assessment. This is the value BC Assessment Authority places on your property based on market value and its highest and best potential use. The Strathcona BIA has noted a dramatic increase in property values for 2019 and… (Read More)

New murals on East Hastings planters

We’re super excited about the new murals. How we got here Several Hastings Urban Tree Nursery planters from 2014 were in need of a refresh. In August we had an open call for artists to propose new mural designs. A selection committee made up of staff and Sustainability Committee members evaluated the proposals and shortlisted… (Read More)

State of the Streets 2018

The State of the Streets update is the annual action from our Mobility Advocacy Plan where we report to members on our progress with MAP action implementation. It includes information on important transportation news from the neighbourhood and resources such as promotional codes for a free trial of Mobi Bike Share and free sign-ups to… (Read More)

Call for Artists – Hastings Urban Tree Nursery

Our concrete planters need a refresh! About the Hastings Urban Tree Nursery Four years ago we helped launch the Hastings Urban Tree Nursery (HUTN), a joint project with Hastings Crossing BIA to bring some greenery and beauty to East Hastings. We installed a series of concrete planters housing young trees, that have grown under the… (Read More)

Save the date - Strathcona Street Party

Save the date – 2nd annual Strathcona Street Party!

Last year Made In Strathcona launched the Most Walkable Street 2021 campaign. We are excited to be taking action to help make East Hastings and Strathcona more walkable. Coming this summer, Made In Strathcona has partnered with Vancouver Mural Festival to bring you the second annual Strathcona Street Party.

Neighbourhood Mobility Updates

The rundown of neighbourhood mobility updates that you should know about. Mobi Bike Share Three new Mobi Bike stations are arriving to the Strathcona BIA area – you may have already seen some stations out in the neighbourhood already! The locations are: Alexander St and Dunlevy Ave Alexander St and Railway St Glen Dr and… (Read More)

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Job Posting: Executive Director

The Strathcona BIA is seeking a full-time Executive Director to lead our dynamic organization. About the Executive Director Role The Executive Director provides leadership, direction, and works with the Board of Directors to achieve our mission, objectives and strategic plan. As Executive Director, you will be on the phone, on your feet, and on your… (Read More)

Scam affecting businesses in Vancouver

Scams Affecting Businesses in Vancouver

VPD warns scammers are manually overriding Point of Sales machines Warning of a scam affecting businesses in Vancouver warrants a reminder to always be diligent when handing over the Credit Card machine to customers. The Vancouver Police Department believes scammers are able to manually override Point of Sales machines through knowledge of the factory default… (Read More)

MAP Strathcona Momentum!

Project rundown, Mobi Bike eastward expansion, and introducing TravelSmart We?re excited to be launching our Mobility Advocacy Plan: a community-based vision and action plan to achieve shared mobility objectives for the Strathcona area. With grant support from the Real Estate Foundation of BC, this project explored a range of transportation and mobility issues and solutions…. (Read More)

No time-limit metered parking pilot

A no time-limit metered parking pilot is coming to the Strathcona BIA area Availability of parking for employees is a long-standing issue in the Strathcona BIA area. We know this issue remains a key concern for area employers because it came up often in our recent MAP Strathcona engagement efforts. Streets in the SBIA area… (Read More)

10 Blocks of Passion Arriving in Strathcona

Fresh off the tails of Made In Strathcona’s Most Walkable Street initiative, we’re gearing up for our 2018 Walk Strathcona campaign: 10 Blocks of Passion. 10 Blocks of Passion will highlight 10 unique art pieces inspired by intimate personal stories from Strathcona. Showing a human look at tales from behind the scenes of our diverse… (Read More)

Turn Down the Heat Week and Warm Clothing Drive

The Strathcona BIA is taking part in the BIA BC 5th annual Turn Down the Heat Week happening November 4 – 10, 2017. Turn Down the Heat Week is the annual initiative that brings BIAs together across to province to raise awareness of the environmental and economic benefits of reducing energy consumption in the workplace… (Read More)

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Creating community-serving retail and micro-enterprises in Chinese society buildings

Creating community-serving retail and micro-enterprises in Chinese society buildings Increased development in the Downtown Eastside (DTES) neighbourhood creates pressure on existing retail and small businesses. Rising land and rent prices – and the general scarcity of affordable commercial spaces – threaten their sustainability while new commercial functions cater mostly to a far more affluent demographic… (Read More)

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Private Property Debris Cleanup Program

The Strathcona BIA (SBIA) has launched a new pilot program called the Private Property Debris Cleanup Program. This initiative will assist business and property owners with cleaning up and properly disposing of debris and hazardous waste that has been illegally dumped on private property. The program is intended for larger volumes of debris like furniture,… (Read More)

Strathcona Community Safety Service

New Service Provider Effective September 1 The Strathcona BIA is pleased to announce it has contracted Paladin Security for its mobile patrol services effective September 1. The Strathcona Community Safety Service is available seven days a week, except statutory holidays, from 8am to 4pm. To contact the patrol, please call 604.789.4143. Available Assistance Includes: Wellness… (Read More)

Made In Strathcona: Most Walkable Street 2021

Year One Recap! We?ve launched an initiative to make East Hastings Vancouver?s most walkable street by 2021. Our primary area of focus is East Hastings between Campbell Ave and Princess Ave. For this year we focused on building familiarity with the Strathcona neighbourhood among people in the Lower Mainland, attracting people and businesses to come… (Read More)

MAP Strathcona: Mobility Advocacy Plan

With grant support from the Real Estate Foundation of BC, we’ve launched a unique and innovative project to develop a Mobility Advocacy Plan (MAP Strathcona) for our business district – the first of its kind in Canada. The purpose of this project is to develop a community-based mobility and transportation vision and supporting action plan… (Read More)

Transportation Advocacy Plan

We’re developing a Transportation Advocacy Plan for Strathcona As part of our Sustainability work this year, the SBIA will be developing a comprehensive advocacy plan for transportation in our district that integrates all transportation modes with business interests and relevant municipal and regional plans. We have received a grant for $20,000 from the Real Estate… (Read More)

Advocacy Update

On October 29 the SBIA published an open letter in the Vancouver Sun expressing concerns about the consultation process ahead of two supervised injection services (SIS) in Strathcona. Since then the SBIA has been working on a number of follow up areas. We hosted a member event to discuss the two proposed SISs on November… (Read More)

SBIA Renewal

Successful Renewal The Strathcona BIA Renewal process has concluded. On March 8, 2017 City Council approved the renewal term of seven years through 2024 and the funding cap. During the various consultation sessions members identified many key priorities such as beautification initiatives and public perception of the area, as well as wanting to see continued… (Read More)

Recycle In Strathcona – JJ Bean Railway

JJ Bean Railway’s Recycle In Strathcona Experience JJ Bean Railway at 460 Railway Street is a member of the Recycle In Strathcona program. This program is a Strathcona BIA partnership with zero-waste service provider Recycling Alternative and pedal-powered Shift Delivery that offers cost-effective and customized recycling services for SBIA members. JJ Bean Railway significantly increased… (Read More)

Holiday Social 2016

  Photo credit: Kellan Higgins The Holiday Social at Pat’s Pub in December was a huge success. Around 100 SBIA members and partners came out to enjoy some holiday cheer. Attendees enjoyed the wonderful atmosphere created by Pat’s Pub, great beer from onsite Hastings Mill Brewing Company, yummy bites from Railtown Catering, and of course… (Read More)

Looking Forward to 2017

2017 is shaping up to be a very busy year. The City’s Renewal outreach will be concluding in January with the process going to Council for ratification in February. The SBIA will be moving toward implementation of projects such as its advocacy work and co-hosting a community health dialogue on January 19, details of which… (Read More)