After one year of being ready and sitting empty The Sea Star Children’s Centre is finally set to open June 1, 2011. Good news for parents!
Why the Wait?
It turns out that the Sea Star Children’s Centre has an easement on the adjacent WestOne building that provided ‘ownership’ to 7 parking stalls in the secured underground of the WestOne building. According to this easement the owners of WestOne were to provide Sea Star Children’s Centre with 500 FOBS to access these spots.
Needless to say the owners of WestOne were a little concerned about the security and traffic flow that would ensue if it were to give out a lifetime of 500 FOBs and as a result hired lawyers and challenged the easement.
WestOne vs. the City of Vancouver
The City of Vancouver had initially not planned on providing curb side drop-off on Homer Street as the thought was that the FOB access to the underground would be sufficient. After 8 months of negotiating the City has finally seen the error in this misjudgment and has decided to allow 2 spots for curb side drop-off while the owners of WestOne have agreed on a reduced number of FOBs plus additional funds for improving security.
Let’s hope that the City also plans on putting speed bumps and markers on the street so drivers slow down while approaching the school a la Dorothy Lam
Effective June 1, 2011
- The Sea Star Children’s Centre will offer:
- 12 space infant child care (3 months to 18 months old)
- 12 space toddler child care (18 months to 36 months old)
- 25 space 3-5 child care (36 months to school age)
- Effective July 1, 2011
- Morning and Afternoon Classes for children 3 to 5 years old
- Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 11:30pm and 12:30pm to 3:00pm
The Dorothy Lam Children’s Centre Preschool will be relocated to Sea Star – with a small change in both service and fees and will offer:
Catchment for Sea Star Children’s Centre
T catchment or ‘neighbourhood‘ for the Sea Star Children’s Centre is south side of Nelson Street to False Creek waterfront and east side of Burrard Street to Cambie Bridge.
The Sea Star Children’s Centre
1451 Homer Street