Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Province Takes First Step toward Redevelopment of Riverview Lands

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Province Takes First Step toward Redevelopment of Riverview Lands

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B.C. seeks firms willing to build at Riverview

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VANCOUVER - The B.C. government is taking the first steps toward redeveloping the Riverview lands in Coquitlam.

The Provincial Health Services Authority has issued a formal request seeking companies qualified to design and build a 105-bed Centre for Mental Health and Addiction.

A release from the Ministry of Health says the new centre is expected to open in late 2019, replacing a similar one in Burnaby.

Plans were announced last year for the $175-million facility, with further development of the Riverview lands expected to include a treatment centre for adolescents and a 10-bed assessment clinic.

The Kwikwetlem First Nation claims the property as part of its traditional territory.

The First Nation had originally opposed expansion of health-care services on the land without its consent but the ministry says it has a protocol agreement with the band and discussions on future development are ongoing. …

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