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Vancouver prop shop forced out by new St. Paul's Hospital

Last Updated Jan 12, 2021 at 11:11 am PDT

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Summary

Booth Milton, who owns White Monkey Designs, has been operating out of his shop on Prior Street for more than 30 years

Finding something similar will be key, which means the longstanding prop shop could be forced out of Vancouver

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — A long-standing Vancouver prop shop will soon have to find a new space.

Booth Milton, who owns White Monkey Designs, has been operating out of his shop on Prior Street near Malkin Avenue for more than 30 years, but he’s now forced to find something new, making way for the new St. Paul’s Hospital development.

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He’s in support of the new hospital development, but admits it’s still a tough pill to swallow to know he’s forced to find a new place to operate out of in months.

“We’re looking at our options because it’s going to be very hard to replace this place. It’s got a lot of character,” he tells NEWS 1130.

“I raised my children here and, naturally, they’re studio rats. I even built a little loft so that I didn’t have to get a babysitter and they’d sleep up on it while we were working all night.”

Milton says his business has had a pretty good deal on rent. Finding something similar will be key, which means he’ll likely be forced to move out of Vancouver.

He notes finding something affordable will be tough, even in other popular filming areas like Langley.

“There’s lots of productions out in Langley, and lots of big studios being built all out in that area. But Langley isn’t that cheap because of that. Warehouse space is a little slim right now, but we’re looking so that we’re educated and we know when the time is to go what we’re looking at.”

Milton, who is a supporter of the new hospital, says they have to be out by the end of the year.