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The Information Below Is Supplied By The Yaletown Residence Association. The Comments and Opinions are Solely those of the individuals providing the information and do not reflect those of Les Twarog and his team.
1050 Expo Boulevard: Yaletown Residents are Concerned!
The City of Vancouver is considering a development application to construct a 133-unit building at 1050 Expo Boulevard to house “single individuals who have low incomes, who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and currently living in older hotels and rooming houses of Downtown1.” Under the proposal, “a third to a half of the 133 units would be occupied by persons with a mental illness and/or substance abuse problem2,” with a “minimum of 2 staff on duty1” at any given time.
The City’s only information mailing to nearby residents notifying them of the development application is dated 9 June 20081. While the City claims that “any development proposal for social housing on this site will be subject to public discussion through the development permit approval process2,” the Project Facilitator has stated that at the forthcoming public meeting of the Development Permit Board on 25 August 2008 at City Hall, the Board “are not debating the use of the building, as it has already been decided by City Council3.” This refers to a decision that was taken at a City Council meeting on 19 December 2007, nearly six months before the information mailing to residents, for which the City provided advance information via newspaper adverts that did not mention the address, size, or intended composition of residents of the proposed development; and via its website.
The City’s main experience of supported housing outside the Downtown Core is limited to apartment buildings ranging from 9 to 34 units2. The 1050 Expo Boulevard site was described as having “a maximum potential of 100 units4” at the City Council meeting of 19 December 2007. Subsequent to this meeting and without public consultation, the proposed number of units was increased to 133. A study on the impact of supported housing on nearby communities, cited by the City itself2, found that for “large facilities with 53 or more residents, rates of reported violent and total crime increased significantly within 500 feet of the sites after they opened5.”
Where does the Yaletown Residents Association stand?
If you are also concerned then:
1 Notification letter dated
9 June 2008, distributed to residents living near to 1050 Expo Boulevard
The City of Vancouver considers that newspaper adverts like this were sufficient notification of the City Council special meeting on 12 Dec 2007 for the proposed 1050 Expo Boulevard development.
We consider the notification process followed by the City of Vancouver for the Special Council Meeting on the proposed 1050 Expo Boulevard development to be inadequate. We request a meeting between the Yaletown Residents Association and the City Council at which all aspects of the proposal will be open for discussion.