MP wants prime Shaughnessy real estate to include affordable housing

Vancouver, BC, Canada / (CKNW AM) AM980

Now that Surrey is home to the RCMP’s British Columbia headquarters, the federal government is being lobbied to provide more affordable housing at the old site in one of Vancouver’s wealthiest neighbourhoods.

“We’re not exaggerating. There’s a critical need, so let’s get on with it and meet that social need.”

New Democrat MP Don Davies says the 8.5-hectare Fairmont Complex at 4949 Heather St. could easily be re-developed with a priority on providing homes for the most needy.

“Housing prices have risen by 63 per cent since 2000 and over 14,500 families and individuals are on waiting lists for affordable housing in B.C. alone.”

The property covering four city blocks has been mostly vacant since E Division services were moved to the Green Timbers property in 2012.

Davies is also suggesting more green space be provided, as well as preserving heritage buildings on the site.

Comments

  1. Why should the federal government give up such a top housing area for cheap housing to those lazy people claim they can’t afford the house in Vancouver. then go somewhere else to live.

  2. Hey I can’t afford a BMW. Should the government subsidize a civic for me? Get real. Plenty of cheap housing east of hope. Or go north. Work on the oil patch and buy a house for under $200 000 and be mortgage free in 4 years if you don’t like it in Van.

  3. Keep in mind that this brilliant idea ( not so much) dribbled out of the lips of an NDP nitwit-. Another example of why this bunch should be kept away from spending our tax dollars.

  4. Good Ideas but what if we put a school , or hospitle , there so every one could use it .I’m shure the people in the area wouldn’t mind , May be seanyers houseing .

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