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.