The City of Vancouver has announced two Open Houses to present a new rezoning proposal for the 15.3 acre (6.81 ha) site. The site is being developed by Holborn, the firm behind the new Trump Tower. The IBI Group has taken over the role of the lead architect for the project. The Open Houses are scheduled for the following times:
- Saturday, November 28, 2015, 11am – 3pm (4860 Main St / General Brock Elementary)
- Thursday, December 3, 2015, 5 – 8pm (4925 Cambie / Holy Name of Jesus Parish)
Approximately 600 residents were displaced in 2009 when 220 affordable housing units were demolished on the Little Mountain Housing site. Only 53 of these units have been replaced in a new 5-storey building that opened in the fall of 2014. Other than this one new building, the site is empty.
A total of 181 units of social housing are still required to be replaced in the site redevelopment plan. The rezoning proposal presents buildings in the 3 to 12 storey range. Another 1,400 units of residential housing are planned for the site. Amenities on the site include a 69-space childcare facility and a relocated Little Mountain Neighbourhood House. A number of mature trees would be removed under the proposed layout and new north-south street would be added to the site (with extensions of E35th and E36th Avenues). Additional plans and details are available on the City’s website.
According to Vision Vancouver’s 2014 disclosure form, Holborn gave the party a total of $105,000 in campaign contributions. Vision Vancouver holds 7 out of 11 seats on City Council. On the Provincial level, Holborn gave Christy Clark $5,000 towards her leadership race in 2011. The BC NDP received $12,200 total from Holborn since 2010 while the BC Liberals took the lion’s share of the contributions, with $118,500 going to the party’s coffers.
The sale of the lands to Holborn by BC Housing took place back on June 25, 2015 (the property had a book value $87 million). The site rezoning languished last year as the City and the developer were at an impasse over the delivery of amenities. Their differences appear now to have been resolved and the proposal is no longer on hold.
An excellent summary of the history of the site redevelopment project can be found the following post: Little Mountain Synopsis by Ned Jacobs (Jan 27, 2012)
CityHallWatch has covered the Little Mountain Housing Project in much detail over the years. A number of links to previous posts are listed below:
- Little Mountain Housing rezoning on hold. City and Holborn at an impasse over delivery of amenities (Aug 22, 2014)
- Little Mountain Housing site sold to Holborn for $87 million (Jan 13, 2014)
- Ground broke April 11 on first new Little Mountain Housing building, but all is silent today, no construction in sight (April 29, 2013)
- Setting the record straight on Little Mountain Housing evictions averted (Oct 29, 2012)
- Great news on Little Mountain Housing breakthrough! But public needs answers on due process, transparency. And can units be built without rezoning? (Oct 25, 2012)
- Last remaining Little Mountain housing units set for demolition (Oct 13, 2012)
- Little Mountain Housing Open House Sat Jan 28, Proposed density Gross FSR 2.8 (Jan 27, 2012)
- Little Mountain housing saga continues: Open Houses Jan 26 and 28, 2012 (Jan 22, 2012)
- Little Mountain housing project years behind schedule, but what’s new now? (March 24, 2011)
- Little Mountain 53-unit social housing building details released, DPB meeting set for March 25, 2013 (Feb 17, 2013)
- Updated plans for 50 Social Housing Units at Little Mountain (Nov 24, 2012)
- New Research: Community Overwhelmingly Opposes Little Mountain Plan (Jan 29, 2013)
- Little Mountain Project: Documentary filmmaker David Vaisbord untangles the web (June 25, 2012)
- Little Mountain article (Jeff Lee, Vancouver Sun) inaccuracies, partial-truths, misleading statements. Corrected here by urbanist Ned Jacobs (June 24, 2012)
- Little Mountain saga (continued) Urbanist Ned Jacobs comments on Community Advisory Group statement (June 22, 2012)
- New video of “Little Mountain” development Open House (Jan 26 & 28) now on line, link here. (Feb 9, 2012)
- Little Mountain 2 Years Later – Press Conference and Gathering (Wed Nov 9) (Nov 3, 2011)
- Little Mountain proposal summary, second Open House July 12th (July 9, 2011)