Reminder: Public Hearing for 815-825 Commercial

This is a reminder that a public hearing on the proposed redevelopment of 815-825 Commercial (and 1680 Adanac) is scheduled for 12th February at 6:00pm at City Hall.  That’s tomorrow night.

The proposal is for a 6-storey mixed use development with commercial at grade and 38 rental units above. There was an open house for the project last April after which I stated my support for most aspects of the design and the mix of apartments proposed.


However, I objected to the project in the end, having noted the following at the open house:

“The very first thing I heard one of the developers’ reps say to someone else as I walked into the presentation room was ‘No, these aren’t designed to be “affordable” units. The one beds will probably start at around $2,200 [a month]’.”

The notice from Vancouver Planning says quite specifically that the units will be “affordable”, but the development documents say they will be “market”.  As we have seen in so many recent developments, City Planning seems to think that $2,200 is affordable for a one-bedroom apartment.  I don’t, and I am sure that the 50% of Vancouver workers who get paid median incomes or lower will also disagree.

If you have concerns or interest, please make yourself available to speak at the public hearing.

One Response to Reminder: Public Hearing for 815-825 Commercial

  1. Linda Fox says:

    Hello Jak,
    I am a followers of your blogs. As a resident of GW, you do show support for the area.
    I have lived in the Broadway( Grandview) Triangle since 1975.

    You are aware of the 6 storey development of Garden and E10th, as you received a card. These are NOT arterial streets.
    At the council meeting of 1/29 the rookie M&C passed the Rezoning application…much to our horror.
    We have no Association that represents us. As a sub-area PRECINCT, we are not a part now of KCC nor does GWAC show any interest or concern for our plight as not in Grandview Woodland. No man’s land.

    We have 167 residential lots and 7 commercial.=174 lots
    90 are in land assembly spots. This is over 50% of our small area.
    SOLD lots=16 +1 commercial at Victoria point. ( Included are the BUCCI site of 7 lots).
    Current Advertised land assemblies are:
    **5 lots in the existing 2500 block of Commercial Nanaimo by CushmanWakefield.
    **5 lots in the 2600 block of Nanaimo by Colliers Canada.
    **6 single lots in the 2000 block of Broadway, still listed since 2016
    Others removed listings in 1/19. No developer has bought an assembly in that block as yet.
    **2 lots actively still listed in the 2700 block of Nanaimo.
    This block had 5 others listed since the GWCP, but are now off.

    Most likely reason is the new introduction of a 4 storey T-shaped apartment block in the spring of 2018..allowing for this build type if front footage is a minimum of 120feet. This can now replace town homes or Rowhouses..which are more stable to the constraints of our street grids.
    NO DOUBT..there will be some one come along to do power plays amongst the eight lots.

    ** At Lakewood and E.10th, there are 3 lots in various stages of development for duplexes. In the 2200 block of E10th, another duplex is being built.
    The problem now, is that when any single family home comes up for sale..for all the reasons in life it might, we hold our breath and always get concerned that a perfectly good home is going to be destroyed by yet another speculation developer. The duplexes will also be NOT affordable,by your measurements of what is.

    GWAC has not responded to any letters written from residents.
    We feel we are an exploited small community…just because we are close to Skytrain.

    This administration is dealing with old Vision business and knows nothing really about it, nor do they care.( except for CCL Carr).

    We asked for Compromise at only 4 storeys…so that there would be no 100% losers. The Developers were 100% victorious, the residents are 100% losers.
    I am seriously considering never voting in a civic election again. That is how bad all of this is.

    Linda Fox

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