For Immediate Release
23 July 2013
The Coalition of Progressive Electors (COPE) supports extending the Grandview Woodland planning process by at least six months. COPE shares the community’s concerns about the last-minute addition to the plan of multiple condo tower developments and a 36-storey project proposed for Commercial and Broadway.
“Because the addition of these towers to the plan didn’t come from the community, many people are rightly wondering whether private talks with real estate corporations are driving the plan,” said COPE’s Internal Chair Tim Louis. “Any community plan has to start with the communities, not with the corporations. So the city should go back to the drawing board, and that is going to take more than 6 months.”
“Commercial Drive is home to unique and diverse communities,” said COPE Executive member Ifny Lachance. “It’s a strong and vibrant neighbourhood that doesn’t need to be ‘revitalized’ by some corporate-planned transformation. The city’s absolutely crazy to propose large-scale condo gentrification up and down Commercial Drive, at Broadway, Venables, and Hastings.”
“This corporate agenda will not bring real affordable housing,” said Louis. “At the very least there should be hard requirements for social and affordable rental housing in new developments.”
COPE’s recent Housing Affordability Report proposes that all large developments consist of 1/3 social housing, 1/3 affordable housing, 1/3 market rental. “Inclusionary zoning should be strengthened across the city, from Grandview Woodlands to the Downtown Eastside,” said Louis.
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