Category Archives: Heads Up

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Friday Night feel good movies!

Join us for a series of “feel good movies” at St. Andrews Church Hall (enter off Wesley Street). Our first movie is “Kinky Boots” on Friday October 20 at 6:30 pm.
On November 24 come and enjoy “Sense and Sensibility” at 7 pm.  Check the movie poster below for additional movies in the new year!
Friday Night Feel […]

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Molnar Group holds community meeting

The Molnar Group recently held its first community meeting (on October 17, 2017) to build on the community workshop report released by NOCA (in July 2017) about the site at 388 Machleary Street (the location of the former Malaspina Gardens Care Home and the old Nanaimo hospital).
The Molnar Group invited residents of the old city to […]

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Demolition of Malaspina Gardens property – update

Demolition of the buildings at the former Malaspina Gardens property are well underway by Clearview Demolition Ltd. of Surrey, BC (www.clearviewgrinding.com), following presentation of a demolition permit application to City Council in August.  The NOCA Board, through a working group that includes non-board members of the association, continues its involvement in representing the neighbourhood in […]

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City Council to receive report from NOCA

The NOCA Board recently learned that Chartwell (the owner of the former Malaspina Gardens site on Machleary Street) has applied to the City of Nanaimo for a demolition permit.  City Council will consider the application at its meeting on Monday, August 14, 2017.   NOCA has written a letter to Council (see link below) and […]

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Community comments on future of Malaspina Gardens site

In spring of 2017, the Nanaimo Old City Association (NOCA) held workshops about the future of the Malaspina Gardens seniors home site when its owner and operator Chartwell moved residents to a new facility.  These workshops looked at the history, heritage values and possible future redevelopment issues for the site.  Approximately 60 participants completed a […]

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Pawson Park’s Community Gardens …. A Hidden Treasure in the Old City!

Pawson Park’s Community Gardens
Perhaps the best kept secret in our Old City neighbourhood is the community garden at Pawson Park, on the corner of Franklyn and Machleary Streets.   In 2011, the city spearheaded a rejuvenation of Pawson Park in consultation with interested residents, and from that process a park committee was formed, the playground, fields […]

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Update on old hospital property (Malaspina Gardens)

The Malaspina Gardens working group held a very successful community meeting on May 15, 2017. Approximately 50 – 60 people attended. Mark Holland (professional community planner and old city resident) and Chris Sholberg (City of Nanaimo Heritage Planner and NOCA liaison) gave very informative presentations. Participants completed a workbook which gave them the opportunity to […]

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Visioning Workshop, Monday, May 15

The Nanaimo Old City Association is holding a visioning workshop to seek community input on the Malaspina Gardens property (388 Machleary Street). Residents of the Old City and the general public are invited to attend and learn more about the potential redevelopment of the historic site.
Your input will be sought on a range of topics, […]

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Issues raised at public meeting about Malaspina Gardens property

A number of issues were raised at the March 5, 2017 neighbourhood meeting about the future of the Malaspina Gardens property (388 Machleary St.).  Those issues are summarized in the document below.
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Successful Neighbourhood Meeting Held about the Malaspina Gardens Property

Over 70 people attended the Nanaimo Old City Association’s (NOCA) neighbourhood meeting on Sunday, March 5 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church Hall regarding the future of the property at 388 Machleary St., known as Malaspina Gardens Senior’s Residence.
Here’s a link to an article in the Nanaimo News Bulletin about Malaspina Gardens, published on March 23, […]

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