Bottle Depot move to Rock Bay delayed

The View/Vancouver bottle depot remains open after its planned November 1 closing date. Photo © by VibrantVictoria.ca.

Harris Green’s troubled Bottle Depot has delayed its move across town to Queens Avenue.

A depot employee says the planned November 1 opening of the new depot at 655 Queens Avenue has been put off until November 22 at the earliest due to problems with preparing the new outlet.

The controversial bottle return facility on the corner of View Street and Vancouver Street has faced criticism for a variety of social issues and noise complaints. Problems include the constant ear-shattering din of breaking glass, litter, discarded shopping carts, loitering on or near the premises, open drinking, and urination. The depot has become a magnet for Downtown’s population of street people involved in the collection of returnables.

A City Hall staff report created at the time the depot was planned justified the facility on the basis that it was technically a retail outlet, not a light industrial facility. City Hall staff also said at the time the depot’s noise level should not be louder than a typical dry cleaning business.

Neighbours complained about the depot’s impact to City Hall which led to a review of the site’s zoning. Depot owner Darcy Hipwell decided to relocate the depot to Queens Avenue between Government and Douglas streets in the Rock Bay district.

Rob Reid, a former mayoral candidate, owns a running shoe business across the street and says he is not troubled by the delay.

“It doesn’t faze me.  It will go eventually, whether it’s one day or three weeks,” Reid said.

The View Street depot is located in a one-storey cinder block building that formerly housed a martial arts studio and before that an auto body repair shop. In contrast to the sparkling clean outlets seen on their website, the View Street building is in poor shape with a leaky roof and an unkempt interior. VV

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Rob Randall

Nov 15, 2010 at 12:34 pm

The most filthy place I have ever been in is an underground public washroom in Bucharest, Romania in 1993. The second worst is probably the Quadra Bottle Depot. The Glanford depot is bright and clean.

sebberry

Nov 15, 2010 at 2:46 pm

Now that's saying something.

yodsaker

Nov 15, 2010 at 3:57 pm

Quote: The most filthy place I have ever been in is an underground public washroom in Bucharest, Romania in 1993. The second worst is probably the Quadra Bottle Depot. The Glanford depot is bright and clean.


That's gotta be the gold standard!

Phil McAvity

Nov 21, 2010 at 12:04 pm

Quote: I had to get out of there because the smashing bottles were so loud.


I actually agree with anyone that complains about the noise coming from there and I rarely agree with nimby's (particularly those that move in somewhere and then ***** about something that existed before they arrived) but I think they have a point because there must be some people that live near the downtown depot before they opened that have had to listen to that constant, incredibly loud sound of crashing bottles ever since. I wouldn't even call them nimby's, more like reasonable, normal people.

VicHockeyFan

Nov 29, 2010 at 12:20 pm

http://www.cfax1070.com/newsstory.php?newsId=16346

Moved.

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