OneCity, the Vancouver municipal political party focused on affordable and equitable housing, opposes Vision Council dismissing needs of long-time Chinatown resident seniors.
Council’s update to the 2012 Chinatown Economic Revitalization Strategy calls for more market housing and businesses that threaten the affordability of the neighbourhood. Since the original strategy passed, council has approved 550 units of market housing, only 22 of which are seniors’ housing.
In addition to the economic revitalization update, Chinatown has come under extreme development pressures and gentrification.
“To bring in a plan that calls for more condos works directly against affordability” said former OneCity Council candidate RJ Aquino. “105 Keefer is currently being rezoned for more market housing. A development application for 129 Keefer is also in the works for more condos. 728-796 Main Street may be rezoned. All these developments combined will have a devastating and long-term impact on low-income residents who depend on Chinatown for affordable food and housing.”
OneCity is also concerned about how the the Vision dominated Council is ignoring the voices of the neighbourhood’s most vulnerable residents who fear displacement.
“The City has not engaged in a meaningful consultation process with the community; it’s evident through the ongoing opposition to the strategy and developments,” commented OneCity’s Christine Boyle.
OneCity calls for genuine consultation with communities and proposes neighbourhood councils funded by the City to ensure that the voices of neighbourhoods are heard loud and clear.
The deadline to submit comments to Council about the Chinatown Economic Revitalization Update is March 31st.
For further information contact RJ Aquino 778-995-2581 or Christine Boyle at 604-805-5821.