Woodwards Redevelopment

333 Abbot Street, Vancouver BC

Jim started working on the redevelopment of the Woodward’s Building in the mid 1980’s, well before the store closed in 1993. The department store had provided a meeting place for all the people of greater Vancouver, irrespective of class or cultural background. There were a number of other proposals to redevelop the space, but Jim convinced the City to redevelop the property with an emphasis in social purpose. The project was completed in September 2010 and it includes 536 market housing units and 200 non-market housing operated by PHS Community Services and Affordable Housing Society.