Mayor Sam Sullivan confirmed plans to support the current Vancouver Children’s Hospital capital campaign through a special partnership with the Sunny Hill Foundation for Children. The Children’s Hospital is planning to invest almost $500 million dollars to establish a state of the art medical facility in Vancouver – located within close proximity of the new Canada Line.
The partnership is focused on land owned by Sunny Hill at 3644 Slocan Street in Vancouver.
The site was purchased from the City of Vancouver for $26,450 in 1956. As part of the transaction, the City was granted an option to repurchase the land for the same price if Sunny Hill decided to stop using the site as a children’s hospital. As part of the Children’s Hospital expansion, Sunny Hill has confirmed their plans to relocate from the current Slocan site to the new Centre.
In light of this development, Mayor Sullivan will be asking city staff to start talks with Sunny Hill, confirm their plans to relocate and report back on the options regarding the sale of this property as a means to help facilitate the relocation of Sunny Hill and the current expansion plans of the Children’s Hospital.
“In addition to being a tremendous asset for families living all across Metro Vancouver, a new children’s hospital will be a centre of excellence in health research and become a significant job creator,” said Mayor Sullivan.
It is estimated that a successful conclusion to these discussions could result in a contribution of approximately $20 million to the capital campaign.