Apartment residents near Metrotown in Burnaby are another step closer to losing their homes, after Council voted unanimously to move forward with a plan to demolish several low-rise apartment buildings in favour of a new high-rise development.
About a dozen people spoke at a public hearing contesting the rezoning of four properties in the area, calling for a moratorium in the city on tearing down rental buildings by denying the rezoning applications.
Demonstration organizer Ivan Drury says about 100 people gathered before tonight’s city council meeting this evening to rally against the projects.
“The people who are really vulnerable to the housing crisis, to the high cost of housing and to the shortages of housing, are the people who are living in the older rental buildings, the buildings that were purpose built apartments.”
Drury adds it’s the city’s job to preserve low-income housing.
“It’s exclusively the responsibility of municipal governments to regulate the development futures in these communities. And faster than anyone can build affordable housing, if any were being built, we’re losing it.”
The rezoning application calls for the building of a 27-storey apartment tower as well as street-side townhouses.
After the motion was approved, the hearing was halted when protesters shouted down council, prompting Mayor Derek Corrigan to walk out of the chamber.
Calls to Mayor and Council have not been returned.