Feb 3 & 6: Joyce Area Residents Association calls others to speak out against Joyce Collingwood towers

Joyce Collingwood Station Precinct and Westbank rezoning
The Joyce Area Residents Association website has a post about two upcoming events organized by the City of Vancouver. The piece notes:

“Next month, we have a chance to speak out and have our concerns heard at the City open house for the Joyce Station Precinct Review (Wed, Feb. 3, 2016 4:30-8:00 pm, and Sat, Feb. 6 10:30 am-2:00 pm) at the Collingwood Neighbourhood House. Times listed here are 30 minutes before the actual open house times to give you time to collect your pins and signs in opposition to the development plans.”

An example what is being proposed here is a tower of unprecedented scale for this neighbourhood (14.33 FSR, 29 storeys), by Westbank Projects Corp and Henriquez Partners Architects. We have covered that application here: https://cityhallwatch.wordpress.com/2015/11/03/massive-tower-rezoning5050-joyce-14fsr/

Joyce Area Residents Association

chanel-ly JARA organizer, Chanel Ly, in a photo by the Vancouver Courier

For many years, Renfrew Collingwood has been known for having a strong, diverse community, made up of people from different income levels and cultural backgrounds. Incoming development has the potential to drastically change the unique character of our neighbourhood by driving out our favourite local businesses and increasing rents. The City of Vancouver is proposing three, tall and expensive towers on three corners around Joyce Station. All three towers will be condo buildings that are 100% market-rate, which means 100% unaffordable for our community.

The newly formed Joyce Area Residents Association has been meeting for months to gather the concerns of local residents, retailers and community members.

  1. The neighbourhood will become unaffordable. Retailers and residents will be displaced.
  2. No concrete plans for affordable housing or community amenities from the City.
  3. Inaccessible consultation processes, not enough language services for people…

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