New Vancouver affordable housing development Kingsway Continental to open

Vancouver, BC, Canada / (CKNW AM) AM980

The City of Vancouver is opening a new affordable housing development.

Councillor Kerry Jang says the Old Ramada Hotel on Kingsway will be opened as a 123-unit non-market housing project, called Kingsway Continental.

“There’s a continental hotel downtown that’s being torn down, and it’s going to be rebuilt, and so this is a place where we can have the seniors living downtown, living until their new rooms are ready. So it’s quite an exciting project, it brings new housing to the neighborhood, and makes sure no one will be displaced while the renovations are going on.”

The city spent 15.5 million on the purchase of the property, and an additional 4.3 million on renovations.

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  1. Starting housing projects for individuals with mental health and drugs issues right beside residential homes filled with kids is a stupid plan. This neighbourhood has “the highest number of youth and second highest number of children” in Vancouver. Dr H N MacCorkindale Elementary is a 1 minute walk away and Sir Guy Carleton Elementary is 3 minute walk. For decades, both these schools have been dealing with the mentally unstable and drug abusers wandering the vicinity. Kids from these schools and those from other close by schools (Weir Elementary, Captain Cook Elementary, Champlain Elementary, etc. ) not only are at risk while walking to and from school, but they also hang out on kingsway as it is the closest commercial street. Between Kingsway and Joyce station, there’s a particularly dense population of youths due to the number of apartments and parks. I understand that most of the residents would not cause trouble, but some will. There are better location to create these housing projects. Our family neighbourhood is unquestionably not suitable to become the city’s new loitering grounds.

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