Dozens of people have turned out to protest the planned demolition of a $6 million, 20 year old house in Shaughnessey.
Plans to tear the house, considered a modern character house by many in the neighbourhood, have again reignited the debate about Vancouver’s notoriously hot housing market.
Demonstrators say say tearing it down is wasteful, and symbolic of a trend where houses for sale become “bulldozer bait,” destroying the character of neighbourhoods.
Some have also charged that the properties are being rebuilt as investments, and sitting unoccupied once completed.
Rally organizer Beth Watts says today’s event was about focusing the attention of elected officials on what she sees as a growing problem in the city.
“I think its very important because every politician wants our votes. And if they see people out at things like this – we’re votes. And the more people who come out to this, it will make a difference at City Hall.”
Large turnout in rally outside Adera st. home that’s slated for demolition pic.twitter.com/tlpOIapoAn
— Estefania Duran (@DuranCKNW980) February 7, 2016
Vancouver Councillor Adriane Carr says one solution to the tear downs could be to use zoning laws to restrict what buyers can do with the property.
“In Kitsilano they rezoned to a zoning called RT8 and RT7 which meant that in that neighbourhood you couldn’t build bigger than the house that was on that lot.”
The Adera street home, called a ‘mansion’ by some has seven bedrooms, a pool, and a media room. Demonstrators say it underwent a $350,000 renovation just three years ago.