Council approves investments to strengthen and build Downtown Eastside

Vancouver City Council today approved $194,160 in funding for seven community and social economic development projects in the Downtown Eastside, which is expected to leverage an additional $360,000 in investments from private businesses, foundations and other community partners.
“These projects allow citizens, community groups, and businesses to build and strengthen the Downtown Eastside, and inspire local leadership,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “It’s a small amount of money that enables people to improve the health and well-being of their neighbourhood.”
Council’s funding for seven Downtown Eastside initiatives will improve employment opportunities for local residents while strengthening the health and sustainability of the neighbourhood. They range from waste reduction, to improving local food security, to enhancements for arts and culture performances.
Some of the projects approved by City Council include:
  • a commercial recycling/compost pilot project in partnership with the Strathcona BIA;
  • a Hastings Corridor Urban Tree Nursery, whereby trees will be grown along a six-block stretch of Hastings Street, and then sold and replanted by local residents;
  • upgrades to the breakfast room and garden terrace at the Strathcona Community Centre, which currently serves an average of 250 children daily through food programs;
  • renovations to the Firehall Arts Centre courtyard to allow for outdoor performances.
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