Chinatown locals are making noise over a 12-story condo development they say is gentrifying the area next to Chinatown Memorial Square.
The City of Vancouver’s plan to turn a Chinatown parking lot into a 12-story condo development isn’t going over so well with the Chinatown Concern Group.
Group member Beverly Ho says the senior Chinese community is being forced out of the neighbourhood.
She says it doesn’t matter what the area looks like, but who is living in the neighbourhood.
“Some of them have tried to incorporate some Chinese architecture, but ultimately our group is not concerned with architecture. We want to preserve the living history as well. So that’s the people and not just what the buildings look like.”
The group wants to see the site turned into social housing with rents of 30 per cent of old age security.
“With each development it seems like the stakes are getting higher and that Beedie is getting close to getting this passed.”
Ho says they are looking to politicians to stop the Beedie Living project and help low-income residents.
“Our first demand is that all three levels of government purchase the land. We want this commitment because all three levels of government have recently committed to make more social housing and they’ve also recognized that Chinatown is an important historic site.”
Beedie Living’s blueprint includes 110 residential units and 25 senior social housing units.