Plans to take up an entire block in Kerrisdale with a new development, including below-market rentals, is being met with backlash.
You may have seen the signs opposing the plans west of Yew Street along the north side of West 45th Avenue.
Ryerson United Church wants the city to re-zone the block to allow for strata units, townhouses, and 32 rental units, 21 of them subsidized for below-market rates.
There would also be a new 19,000 square foot community centre.
But a community group calling itself Ryerson Neighbours is against the plan, citing the shadow impacts from an eight storey building.
They are also concerned about parking issues.
“All too often the conversation is by people who are comfortably housed, who don’t have to worry about what happens if they have to move suddenly because they have owned their homes a long time, these people have the luxury of being much more concerned about potential shadows that might appear on their lawns than those with real housing problems.”
There’s an open house on the plans coming up on Monday and Dawe wants to make sure it’s not just the ‘nimbys’ who show up.
“We want to make sure the open house is not just for those who want a place to store their car for cheap.”
The open house is at the Ryerson Memorial Centre.