Author Archives: Frank Murphy

City To Take Action Against Millennium

Jim Taylor, June 17, 2010 In a press release yesterday the city announced it is beginning legal action against Millennium Nanaimo Properties Ltd. and Suro Development Company in the hopes of recovering over $3 million the city feels owed by this company. Before the decision was made to spend more tax dollars on legal fees […]

Port Place Mall plans: extensive revisions

First Capital Realty Inc’s revised redevelopment plans for Port Place Mall were presented to the Design Advisory Panel on Thursday evening, along with 4 other projects: 888 Bruce (DP000653), 6461 Metral Dr (DP000655), 650 Terminal Ave (Husky Gas Station). I was happy to see representatives from the adjoining neighbourhood associations in attendance. Details of the […]

The Design Advisory Panel’s role in City decision making

Before I report on the Thursday Design Advisory Panel (DAP) meeting at which the revised Port Place Mall redevelopment plans were reviewed, some impressions of the advisory committee system itself. The DAP is made up of volunteers appointed by Council and as its Terms of Reference explains they are chosen from the fields of architecture […]

Email thread with Planners Noble, Tucker re Mayor’s memo: Port Place Mall

From – Wed May 26 13:20:25 2010 Date: Wed, 26 May 2010 13:20:24 -0700 From: Frank Murphy <> _____________________________________ Thanks for taking the time to explain this to me Andrew. I appreciate it. Frank On 26/05/2010 11:52 AM, Andrew Tucker wrote: Frank, You are incorrect. The development permit for 9 Nicol Street (DP613) does not […]

Nanaimo: the Cultural Capital of Canada (!)

An area I’d like to see developed on the blog is in the general area of what can be broadly described as “culture”. It came to mind recently when I was reading the Daily News report about the consultants report to the new Economic Development Commission (Nanaimo needs an identity if it wants to grow, […]

Email follow-up to Mayor Ruttan: Port Place Mall redevelopment plans

Thanks, Mayor Ruttan, for your reply to my request to seek the input of architect Franc D’Ambrosio, author of the award-winning City of Nanaimo Downtown Urban Design Plan and Guidelines, as you review the Port Place Mall redevelopment applications. A quick follow up if you’ll permit me. Your detailed note helped me understand better a […]

Mayor Ruttan’s reply to request to consult architect D’Ambrosio on Port Place plans

I want to acknowledge receipt of your email and request to retain Frank D’Ambrosio for a third-party review of the Port Place Mall redevelopment plan. As you may or may not know, the redevelopment plan includes the following applications: 1.Rezoning to permit a high-rise residential tower (application received: 2009-Jun-02). 2.Development Permit to authorize the construction […]

Harsh realities intersect at the Design Advisory Panel

This is part 2 of my post on the Design Advisory Panel meeting of May 13. A visit to the Design Advisory Panel Thurs. May 13 ’09 The committee is chaired by Gary Krastel and is made up of 2 architects: Ian Naimath and Jolyon Brown; 1 landscape architect: Jana Zalenski; a designer: Rueben Galdames; […]

Conference Centre re-imagined as a Wedding Reception Hall

This ad is running on the website of Victoria’s Monday Magazine. Here’s the pitch: Make your big day unique in one of the most contemporary wedding and reception locations on Vancouver Island! Celebrate the first day of your new life together in the new Vancouver Island Conference Centre in Nanaimo. A modern, award-winning design with […]

A visit to the Design Advisory Panel Thurs. May 13 ’09

NanaimoCityHall blog intends, over time, to follow closely the work done by the City’s advisory panels and committees. Ron has reported on the powerful Finance/Policy Committee of the Whole which meets alternate Mondays in the City Hall board room. He’s also pointed out – and commended the City for – the detailed information about these […]