Test Post Office

Monday, February 25th, 2013, 7 pm – 9 pm
#100 – 938 Howe Street, Vancouver, BC

Heritage Vancouver is hosting a creative conversation to give our community the opportunity to contribute ideas about the future of Vancouver’s Main Post Office. The Canada Post Office building is one of Vancouver’s last completely intact mid century modern buildings made even more prominent because it occupies a full city block in downtown Vancouver.

The building and the land, which has been held in trust by Canada Post, is owned by the people of Canada and Vancouver.

In May 2011, Canada Post announced its plan to transfer operations from the Main Canada Post Office Building at 349 West Georgia to a new modern sorting plant near the Vancouver airport in Richmond. It also announced that it would sell the Post Office Building on Georgia Street and “examine all options to maximize the value” of the site to offset the cost of the new facility. In the fall of 2012, a call for proposal was issued asking all interested parties to submit a bid to purchase the Post Office Building no later than November 15, 2012.

To date we have had no opportunity to have a say in the role this building and property could play and how it could contribute to the future of our community once it is no longer used as a Post Office. At the moment the future of the Post Office block is in the hands of Canada Post, the successful developer, and the City of Vancouver.

Heritage Vancouver is creating an opportunity for our community to contribute their ideas and express their point of view about the possible futures for this community and heritage resource. All contributions to the conversation will be sent to the Federal Government and the City of Vancouver and made available through community media. People unable to attend the conversation will have the opportunity to provide their ideas after the event. To kick off the conversation we have invited (list speakers) to come and express what they would like to see happen for this iconic heritage building.

Let’s tell the Federal Government and the Canada Post Office that the people of Vancouver have an interest in what happens to this prominent building.