An advocacy group held a rally Saturday afternoon to show how 10 years after Vancouver’s largest housing complex was slated for redevelopment, the corner of Ontario St. and 37th Ave. remains mostly empty.
The Little Mountain social housing complex originally contained 224 low-income units. Residents were told to leave in 2007 when the property was sold to a private developer, but they were promised they could return once the new development was done.
“Thought it was important to mark the 10th anniversary by unveiling a plaque that we had built, and the plaque calls attention to the fact, that it’s a vacant lot. We call it the Rich Coleman Vacant Lot brought to you by Rich Coleman, Christy Clark and the Liberal government,” says rally organizer David Chudnovsky.
He says the residents were told they would be able to return home by 2010.
The Ministry responsible for Housing also told Global News that the proceeds from the sale were used to develop more than 2,100 supportive housing units in the province – 1,400 of them now open in Vancouver.
The statement said that “the City of Vancouver is, and always has been, responsible for rezoning and construction on the site.”