Final approval for a new apartment complex on East Hastings and Gore will be deliberated at City Hall tomorrow, and community groups say it’s another domino falling in the changing landscape of Vancouver’s Chinatown.
It’s a 12-storey complex with roughly 170 units of housing.
But King-mong Chan with the Chinatown Concern Group says only 20% of it is affordable social housing.
“People just can’t afford that kind of market housing being built at that site.”
Current state of 288 East Hastings
Seeing seven independent businesses close to clear a path for the development also has him worried about the culture of the neighbourhood he grew up in.
“What does it mean to be Chinese? Chinatown is a place of discovery, but if we lose it, we won’t be learning what it means to be Chinese.”
“Less people are going to be able to go because we’re just going to continue to see this changing Chinatown that fits a new and different clientele.”
He says seeing new developments planned for Chinatown violates the sanctity of the community.
“There’s something important about these heritage sites, and for the community that lives there. This place is some place that is accessible to them in terms of affordability and also culture and linguistics, and it’s being changed, torn and broken apart by the new developments that are coming into the area.”
Chan says he and his group will appear before the Development Permit Board tomorrow to oppose the project.
He’s looking for a guarantee of one hundred per cent affordable housing and new ways to revive Chinatown and preserve its heritage.