The last remaining BC Housing building in Little Mountain is set for demolition. The Straight.com recently reported that the Final tenants at Vancouver’s Little Mountain Housing received eviction notices. Sept 30th is the deadline for the last of the tenants to vacate their units. Urbanist Ned Jacobs has detailed commentaries on the Little Mountain Housing Project in earlier articles here and here. The move to hand out the eviction notices to the last few remaining tenants was considered grossly premature by 12 to 18 months as the rezoning process has not yet started at littlemountainproject.com. All of the other buildings in the housing project were demolished in 2009. On August 10th, Little Mountain Tenants received a notice from BC Housing that there will interruptions in water and gas service from Aug 13-17th during working hours due to work around the site. The developer Holborn plans to replace the demolished 234 BC Housing units and to also construct an additional ~1,400 market condo units (subject to rezoning). It’s worth noting that Holborn contributed $10,500 to Vision Vancouver’s 2011 election campaign. Will council consider granting more density than the 2.3-2.5 Gross FSR in the policy statement by staff dated June 19th, 2012? Will the final building heights be above the 4-6 storeys recommended by the Little Mountain Community Advisory Group (CAG)?
The rezoning and the enactment of the project is currently scheduled to take place in the next 12-18 months. This means that Little Mountain Housing will most certainly be back at council this fall.