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Nine hour Sunday power outage planned for parts of West Broadway, 8th Avenue and South Granville

February 15, 2020

Boundary of the planned Sunday power outage to the 1400 block of West Broadway and South Granville.—Vanmap

B.C. Hydro lists a planned power outage for Sunday (February 16), lasting from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. affecting parts of the 1400 block of West Broadway Avenue at the intersection with South Granville Street, including:

  • The south side of the 1400 block of 8th Avenue.
  • The north side and southwest corner of the 1400 block of West Broadway.
  • The east side of the 2400 block of South Granville.

B.C. Hydro describes the outage as relating to “work being done on our equipment”. My understanding is that the outage specifically relates to the redevelopment of 1465-1489 West Broadway by PCI Developments, which has not yet reached the stage of demolishing the existing properties.

At least the McD’s restaurant will not be left powerless

Detail of the B.C. Hydro outage notice given to the McDonald’s at 1482 West Broadway.

I cannot say what will happen to the seven businesses on the north side of the 1400 block of West Broadway affected by the outage—including the Express Pho restaurant and the Deserres arts and crafts store but the McDonald’s restaurant at 1482 West Broadway—despite being inside the affected southwest corner of the 1400 block—expects to stay open through the nine hour Sunday power outage, according to a manager I spoke to Saturday evening.

This will be thanks to a large diesel generator trailer that was trucked into the alley beside the restaurant for that specific purpose on Friday.

Unsuccessful attempt Friday afternoon to squeeze a large diesel generator into back alley loading bay beside the McD’s in the 1400 block West Broadway.

On Friday two workers involved with planning the power outage (one was wearing a safety vest labelled “Mott Electric”) met with management of the 1400 block McDonald’s to learn when the restaurant normally opened and closed and to coordinate plans to mitigate the effects of the outage on the restaurant’s business.

Within an hour of those discussions—by 3:15 p.m.—attempts were being made to shoe-horn a large Cummins truck trailer diesel generator into a back alley loading bay beside the McDonald’s restaurant. At the same time, looped electrical transmission cable could be seen piled in the alley entrance to the restaurant.

Electrical cable piled in the alley entrance to the McD’s Friday—apparently intended for connecting the restaurant to the generator.

However the attempts to fit the generator in the loading bay were apparently unsuccessful. On Saturday, the diesel generator trailer could be seen sitting on the other side of the alley in a parking lot.

If everything else goes according to plan the generator should be hooked up to provide power to the restaurant by the time it opens for business at 5:00 a.m.

Another sign of the Broadway subway appears in the 1400 block

Sign seen in the window of the Deserres store at 1431 West Broadway on Friday: “Due to development in the area our store will be closing in the spring”. 

Speaking of the Deserres arts and crafts store located at 1431 West Broadway, management has finally announced online that the store will by “closing indefinitely March 29th, 2020, due to redevelopment in the area”.

That would be the same redevelopment associated with the power outage: 1465-1489 West Broadway.

Deserres is in City of Vancouver-owned property that is one of five building on the north side of the block (besides 1465 and 2489) that will be demolished to provide staging area for the cut-and-cover-construction of the Broadway subway station which will have its entrance located in the 1465-1489 West Broadway redevelopment. Click the images to enlarge them.

  1. Sharon permalink

    I am quite certain you are right about what the purpose is. Can’t imagine how much power they will have to bring in to that corner. Feel badly for Blenz and some of those shops that are going to be feeling the squeeze when stuff like this happens. The worst is when Hydro tells you they are shutting things down and then changes the date at the very last minute. As for Deserres, I imagine once the station is built, they will build something on top of the hole at the very end.


    • Blenz did partake of the generator power, along with the McD’s. It was all the remaining businesses on the north side of the 1400 block that went without. Except for 1401 (a property I believe is owned by PCI), I could distinctly hear the roar of a diesel generator coming from the building’s parkade entrance in the alley.


  2. Sharon permalink

    hope the landlord paid for the generator.


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