Posted tagged ‘Cambie Village’

Cambie-area businesses to seek damages

November 21, 2009

The Province

Members of the Cambie Village Business Association have voted to proceed with their lawsuit against TransLink for damages caused by construction of the $2-billion Canada Line rapid-transit project.

Members of the Cambie Village Business Association have voted to proceed with their lawsuit against TransLink for damages caused by construction of the $2-billion Canada Line rapid-transit project.

Because of the complexity of the case, theater owner Leonard Schein of the association said a decision was made to go with two law firms, Arvay Finlay and Hordo and Bennett.

There was “overwhelming support,” to proceed, said Schein.

Damages being sought are in excess of $20 million.

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– Some Cambie Street merchants still suffering loss of business

September 15, 2009

The Province

Vancouver

By Suzanne Fournier

With Canada Line running for a month, customers slow to return

The Canada Line has been carrying commuters for almost a month, giving a big boost to some businesses but not much to those who bore the brunt of almost four years of construction chaos in their midst.

“So many customers left the Cambie Village because of the construction chaos and forgot about us for so long that it’s really hard to get business back,” complained Karyee Yip, who has owned Honey Gifts in the 3400-block Cambie St. for eight years and is trying to support her sons Jaden, six months, and Xavier, 2.

“The government says they support small to medium-sized businesses, yet we’ve had to bear the costs ourselves and we don’t get EI [employment insurance]. Many businesses are gone and now that the Line is running, it doesn’t help Cambie Village because there are no stops between Broadway and King Edward Village.”

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$2-billion Canada Line ready to roll

August 15, 2009

Vancouver Sun

By Kelly Sinoski

Some Metro mayors tried to kill it. Cambie merchants cursed it. But after four turbulent years of messy construction and controversy, the $2-billion Canada Line will open its doors to the public.

The new rapid transit line — touted as equivalent to a 10-lane freeway — is expected to take 200,000 one-way automobile trips off the road system each day and create a corridor for future development stretching 19 kilometres along Cambie, across the Fraser River and into Richmond. (ED: To-date there’s no proof of this claim).

The new line will give transit users faster and more reliable service, while tourists can avoid gridlocked streets to reach the airport within 26 minutes from downtown Vancouver and drivers will see fewer buses and cars clogging up major arterial roads.

Cyclists will have another alternative crossing of the Fraser, on Metro Vancouver’s first separate pedestrian-cyclist bridge.

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Cambie-area businesses to seek damages

July 4, 2009

Members of the Cambie Village Business Association have voted to proceed with their lawsuit against TransLink for damages caused by construction of the $2-billion Canada Line rapid-transit project.

By The Vancouver Province

Members of the Cambie Village Business Association have voted to proceed with their lawsuit against TransLink for damages caused by construction of the $2-billion Canada Line rapid-transit project.

Because of the complexity of the case, theatre owner Leonard Schein of the association said a decision was made to go with two law firms, Arvay Finlay and Hordo and Bennett.

There was “overwhelming support,” to proceed, said Schein.

Damages being sought are in excess of $20 million.

The merchants have already spent $60,000 of the $250,000 they have put aside for the suit.

Schein said his Park Theatre alone lost $200,000 between Jan. 1, 2007, and Nov. 30, 2007, “when the hole was directly in front of the theatre.”

The merchants’ statement of claim is to be filed by September, with TransLink expected to respond. After that it will be three to six months before the association knows if its case will be certified as class action.

TransLink spokesman Ken Hardie said only: “If it’s going to go before the courts, we’ll let all of the information come out in court.”

Meanwhile, clothing-store owner Susan Heyes has three weeks of court time set aside in November for her lawsuit against the Canada Line.

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