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Redevelopment files subsequent to the 1957 Vancouver Redevelopment Study
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- Textual record
- Architectural drawing
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- Source of title proper: Title based on terms used by creator.
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- Vancouver (B.C.). Properties Division
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- 3.36 m of textual records
- ca. 5 architectural plans
- ca. 50 photographs
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In the early years the management of City-owned properties was the responsibility of the Office of the Assessment Commissioner. By 1912 the Land Purchasing and Claims Department was established to take over the function. The names for this unit fluctuated, e.g. by 1932 it was the Land Sales Department and by 1936 the Lands and Rentals Department. By the late 1940s the functions included land sales, rentals, building repairs, land subdivisions, and insurance; by the 1948 expansion additional responsibilities were land purchasing, industrial development, lot clearing (transferred from City Engineer), and wartime housing (159-E-6 reel 1 file 1). On July 27, 1957 City Council passed the recommendation of the newly formed Board of Administration (1956) that the following units would become part of a new Finance Department headed by the City Comptroller: City Comptroller's Office, Accounting, Addressograph and Multilith, Assessment, Internal Audit, License and Business Tax, Motor Vehicle Inspection, Personnel and Payroll, Property and Insurance [referred to as the Properties Division], Purchasing and Supply, Revenue Collection, Tabulating, and Treasurer. In 1978 the Properties Division became part of the Civic Buildings Department, which was reconfigured as the Housing and Properties Department in 1989. With the major City reorganization of 1995, the Housing and Properties Department became Real Estate Services, under the broad financial unit called Corporate Services.
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Series consists of records pertaining to the activities of the Properties Division arising from the Vancouver Redevelopment Study of 1957. In the context of that study, the Division was responsible for the acquisition of land titles, as well as temporarily relocating former residents of properties acquired, demolition, clearing and grading of properties, dedication of streets and lands, registration of subdivisions, and dealing with lands offered for disposal.
Most of the records are "project files" which contain correspondence, reports, copies of agreements, clippings, and architectural plans. "Acquisition files" contain property descriptions, a few photographs of some of the properties, and correspondence concerning the purchases of property for redevelopment projects.
Projects no. 1, 2, and 3 are defined as follows. Project no. 1 was organized into the following subareas: A-1 - Raymur-Campbell public housing; A-2 - MacLean Park Playground; A-3 - MacLean Park public housing; and D-1 - blocks within the boundaries of 1st Avenue, Granville, 6th Avenue, and Burrard. Project no. 2 was divided into the following subareas: A-5 - blocks within the boundaries of waterfront, Clark, Hastings, and Heatley; A-6 - MacLean Park public housing; and A-7 - Strathcona School site extension. Project no. 3 concerned blocks within the boundaries of Hastings, Woodland, Columbia, and Boundary.
Records are arranged in the following broad categories in this order: Project no. 1, Project no. 2, Project no. 3, Second Narrows Bridge area, Strathcona Rehabilitation Project, Britannia Community Services Centre, Other Projects, Britannia Site Acquisitions, Neighbourhood Improvement Program, Project no. 2 (miscellany), Project no. 3 (miscellany), Project no. 2 (miscellany), Project no. 1 (miscellany), Project no. 3 (including "enquiry files" by property), Project no. 2 (oversize plans), Acquisition Files (Projects no. 1 and no. 2), Project no. 1, and Project no. 2.
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Photographic images in this series have been assigned catalogue numbers with the prefix CVA 181.
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Access to some of the acquisition files in this series is restricted. Files contain personal information. Please refer to file descriptions for further information on access restrictions.