New Museum: One Step Closer!museum-Permit1

A new modern North Vancouver Museum took a giant step closer to becoming reality on Monday night. Following a Public Hearing on June 27th and a unanimous vote on second and third reading of a new bylaw, the City of North Vancouver Council conditionally approved the museum occupying 16,000 square feet in a new development by Polygon Homes in the 100 West Esplanade block.

“This site offers the size and location to create a viable and attractive modern Museum to properly tell the North Vancouver story. We are confident we can meet the conditions set by the City and operate the new Museum without requiring any additional on-going financial support from the two North Vancouver municipalities” said Sanford Osler, Chair of the North Vancouver Museum and Archives Commission.

Nancy Kirkpatrick, Director of the North Vancouver Museum and Archives, says “the new museum will become an active hub where residents can learn about our community’s unique history through story-based exhibits and engaging programs, and will help support the emergence of a vibrant cultural district in Lower Lonsdale.”

“I want to thank the community for its outpouring of support for the new Museum including dozens of letters of support from individuals and groups as diverse as the two local First Nations, the North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, the North Vancouver Board of Education and the North Shore Tourism Association.” said Mr. Osler. The North Shore News reported on the meeting.

Backgrounder: On June 20th, the City of North Vancouver’s Council voted to send a Polygon development project application (for 100 Block West Esplanade) to public hearing. (The North Shore News reported on the proceedings of the June 20th meeting).