February 3, 2015

City Conversations Update – Feb 5

Condo Tower, Social Housing, Public Consultation, Court Ruling…

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highriseEnough controversy? This project seems to be a magnet. Over a year ago we asked, referring to its condo tower, “When is Big Too Big?” Now, construction of a new downtown building for social housing and new rental units has been stopped by a court ruling that criticized Vancouver’s public consultation process. Also iced: the 36-story condo tower across the street.

Did the developer negotiate too sweet a deal? Was the public misled? Will all public consultation have to be revised? With a big empty hole in the ground, are more lawsuits going to fly? What’s the impact on current residents of Jubilee House, who were looking forward to moving to new social housing across the street? Does the city need private developers in order to meet its social housing goals?

A lot is in flux, but we want to examine as many of these issues as possible. Joining us is Jon Green, President of the plaintiff Community Association of New Yaletown, and Alice Sundberg, a housing and community development consultant who was the Executive Director of the BC Non-Profit Housing Association for 11 years. We invited representatives of other groups, who declined because there may be a judicial appeal.

You’re invited too, to question, observe, offer your opinions. It’s a conversation! Please feel free to bring your lunch.

 

Thursday, February 5

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

SFU Vancouver at Harbour Centre

515 W. Hastings Street, Room 1600

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