A 30-year-planning document for one of East Vancouver’s biggest neighbourhoods is back before council next week, and residents aren’t pleased. This comes after locals rejected an even bolder plan with towers of up to 36 storeys.
It was back to the drawing board in 2013, after the city’s Grandview Woodlands Community Plan met with major backlash. Now it’s back again, this time the towers are scaled down in size and more promise of rentals.
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But Jim Fraser of the Grandview Woodlands Area Council says there’s little trust that the city will keep to a 24-storey cap.
“It seems to be setting a floor for development as opposed to limiting the height, it’s setting a floor for what it will be and then it will go higher than that if the city can negotiate more community amenity contributions.”
Fraser says many fear they’ll be “demovicted” with rental units jumping in price once rebuilt.
“There aren’t sufficient protections on the rental price. So if someone is forced out, there may be a new unit in a replacement ten storey building, but it may be at a 50 or 100 per cent higher rental cost.”
The city will begin hearing the Community Plan next Tuesday.