Vancouver's West End: Residents raise doubts about new development policy
CityCaucus.com welcomes Paul Davey, a Vancouver West End neighbourhood resident, as a guest editorialist...
Earlier this week, Vancouver City Council voted 6-2 in favour of a proposed West End development despite a wave of dissenting residents during two spill-over evenings at City Hall hearings. Presented by Millennium English Bay Properties (of Athletes’ Village fame) and Henriquez Partners Architects, both avid contributors to the Vision Vancouver’s election funds, initially proposed a 210 foot tower, with condominiums and mixed retail and commercial space.
They were advised that in order to have their rezoning application approved, they should add “affordable” rental accommodations to their mix. Remember that the word “affordable” originally appeared in the Olympic Village project, but was wisely removed after the discovery that they were in essence not affordable at all.