Great expectations for Pearson Dogwood expansion plans

Patricia McClarty has lived in Marpole's Pearson Centre since two years.

Patricia McClarty has lived in Marpole’s Pearson Centre since two years.

Patricia McClarty’s left hand carefully manoeuvred her wheelchair through the crowd, as she distributed information cards to other visitors of the Pearson Dogwood open house in Marpole on Saturday.

McClarty is one of dozens of residents and neighbours who showed up on Saturday, Feb. 2 to have a closer look at the proposals and to have their voices heard. The City of Vancouver and Vancouver Coastal Health started the public hearing process this week. The George Pearson Centre is a home for adults with a range of disabilities, and the neighbouring Dogwood Lodge houses seniors who require complex care. The plan is to demolish the existing buildings and create an entirely new complex on the block between Cambie and Heather streets and West 57th till 59th Ave. Continue reading