“I will be opposing this development”
“I’ll be encouraging council to reject this proposal.”
“I was speaking in supporting this re-zoning at 508 Helmcken.”
Conflicting opinions flourished, as the City of Vancouver, once again, hears from the public on a controversial land swap with a private developer.
It would see a new social-housing complex constructed, but the catch is, a 36-storey tower would also be built beside a popular Yaletown park.
Fern Jeffries, co-chair of the False Creek Residents Association, says it’s a bad idea.
“A dense project situated on the corner of a park, I think that is a bad location.”
But Don Lefort with the 127 Society for Housing, says if Brenhill Developments gets the go ahead to build the big tower next to Emery Barnes Park, the low-income Jubilee House will be replaced and expanded as part of the deal.
“Right now where our tenants live in 508 Helmcken, it’s falling apart, slowly but surely, and a new building would be welcomed by everybody living in the current building.”
Back in January, the BC Supreme Court quashed prior approvals for the land swap because of poor public consultation.