Woodward's: ... a new beginning




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Sales launch
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Inside Woodward's
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The Future of Woodward's

View from southeast corner of Abbott and Hastings street. The Woodward's building, located in the 100 block of West Hastings in Vancouver, has long played a pivotal role in our city. It once provided food, household goods and employment to many people in the local community and beyond. Today, it is the focus of a neighbourhood's hopes and dreams.

A new beginning

We are currently on a journey to bring the building back to life.

The City of Vancouver purchased the Woodward's building from the Province of BC in March 2003. The City began a unique process to involve the community and other Vancouver residents in designing and planning the redevelopment of the building in a way that is socially, environmentally and economically sustainable.

In September 2004, City Council chose Westbank Projects/Peterson Investment Group (Henriquez Partners, architects) as the developer for the Woodward's project. Learn more about the proposal and meet the design team.


Since Woodward's closed in 1993, the building has sat vacant and several previous attempts to redevelop it failed. It has also been the focus of much debate about what should happen with the site.

Meanwhile, in the immediate neighbourhood, there has been an exodus of legitimate business and a lack of new investment. High unemployment among residents and poverty have resulted in a number of social issues that have unquestionably affected the health and well-being of the community.

Several government and community initiatives over the last few years have started to result in some improvements in the neighbourhood.

However, the redevelopment of the Woodward's building is, both practically and symbolically, key to the revitalization of the Downtown Eastside.

archival photo of Woodard's building
Woodward's Department Store (City of Vancouver Archives CVA 677-611)
Photographer: Philip T. Timms


Latest News

Development permit issued

On January 26, 2007 the City issued the Development Permit for the Woodward’s site.

Woodward's demolition

On Sept. 30, GVTV cameras were rolling as buildings on the Woodward's site were demolished. See the demolition from various angles using the links below.*

All cameras
Street-level view
Inside view
Dominion building view (realtime)
Dominion building view (slo-mo)
Lore Krill building view

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Last Modified: Monday, January 29, 2007