Vancouver Innovation Hub

Vancouver, Canada

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Vancouver‘s site is a central 0.6 ha component of the larger mixed-use Innovation Hub strategically located in the emerging economic and cultural hub of the False Creek Flats. Situated at the meeting place of current and future rapid transit stations; less than a kilometer to the city‘s Downtown peninsula; and directly between the future St.Paul‘s Health Campus and western Canada‘s largest arts university, Emily Carr University of Art and Design, this site is poised to be a focal point of economic growth, innovation and sustainability in Vancouver.

Vancouver‘s Innovation Hub is a mixed-use site strategically located in the emerging economic inner-city neighbourhood of the False Creek Flats. Situated at the meeting place of current and future rapid transit stations; less than 200m to the 22km seawall (Vancouver‘s defining public amenity); less than a kilometer to the city‘s Downtown peninsula; and directly between two emerging institutional anchors, this site is poised to foster new and innovative economies as a focal point of future economic growth, innovation and sustainability in Vancouver.

The specific location of this proposed site is a place of historic significance and was known to indigenous populations as Khiwah’esks (Separated Points). The surrounding area is becoming an extension of the downtown urban fabric, through increasing mixed-use developments and highly walkable neighbourhoods. The gridded street network provides countless opportunities for highly connected and direct walking trips to abundant amenities. Furthermore, the site is located immediately south of an existing SkyTrain (rapid transit) station on the Expo Line that connects the Innovation Hub with the Vancouver region.



The broader Innovation Hub is intended to anchor public life in the Flats and will include a variety of different uses, public spaces and economy specific supports. The specific site of this competition will include a creative entrepreneur hub, including light-industrial arts production space, additional spaces to support light industrial start-ups and accelerators, as well as a number of market-rate spaces for digital and other office and laboratory users.  This site also includes both market and non-market housing.

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Please note a specific deadline for Vancouver Innovation Hub. Expression of Interest proposals are due by midnight UTC on Friday, June the 15th, 2018.

The City of Vancouver will be responding to questions received before 5:00pm PST on June 11, 2018 (all questions and answers are shared in the document room). We will not be responding to any questions received after that time.


Expected program: 

This 0.6 ha site is a central component of a larger 4.4 ha mixed-use Innovation Hub strategically located in the emerging False Creek Flats neighbourhood. In addition to more than 300,000 square feet of residential, industrial and office space, the site will incorporate a centre of arts and cultural entrepreneurship, which will be anchored by 50,000 square feet of non-market industrial arts production space to be provided to the City of Vancouver.  Other uses that should be considered include light industrial start-ups and accelerators, affordable industrial space for social enterprises, as well as laboratory, digital and other office uses. The site will also feature a central public plaza.

Owner: 

The City of Vancouver. 

Plot area:
0.6 ha

Type of property transfer intended:
The City of Vancouver will make these properties available in the form of a long term head lease (75-99 years). The City is willing to negotiate specific length of lease with successful proponents and will seek innovative governance to establish a framework for identifying appropriate commercial sub tenants aligned with the vision for innovation.Please note a specific deadline for Vancouver Innovation Hub. Expression of Interest proposals are due by midnight UTC on Friday, June the 15th, 2018.

Expected program: 

This 0.6 ha site is a central component of a larger 4.4 ha mixed-use Innovation Hub strategically located in the emerging False Creek Flats neighbourhood. In addition to more than 300,000 square feet of residential, industrial and office space, the site will incorporate a centre of arts and cultural entrepreneurship, which will be anchored by 50,000 square feet of non-market industrial arts production space to be provided to the City of Vancouver.  Other uses that should be considered include light industrial start-ups and accelerators, affordable industrial space for social enterprises, as well as laboratory, digital and other office uses. The site will also feature a central public plaza.

Owner: 

The City of Vancouver. 

Plot area:
0.6 ha

Type of property transfer intended:
The City of Vancouver will make these properties available in the form of a long term head lease (75-99 years). The City is willing to negotiate specific length of lease with successful proponents and will seek innovative governance to establish a framework for identifying appropriate commercial sub tenants aligned with the vision for innovation.
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