Rally against rampant house demolitions set for 2pm Sun Feb 7: Kerrisdale Granville Homeowners Association

6088 Adera St Vancouver, photo Vancouver Sun Jan 2016, condemned.jpg(Updated with more background at bottom.) (This is just in from the Kerrisdale Granville Homeowners Association. (See bottom for petition by Vancouver Character House Network). CityHallWatch also warns that City Hall appears to be planning to burn demolished houses on a large scale as “wood waste” as a “legitimate” biofuel to help cut carbon emissions.)

THE RAZING OF 6088 ADERA STREET:
RALLY AGAINST RAMPANT HOUSE DEMOLITIONS
Where: 6088 Adera Street
When: Sunday, February 7th, 2016
Time: 2:00 pm

The beautiful home at 6088 Adera Street is yet another example of needless demolition. This particular home, only 20 years old, received a $350,000 renovation just 3 years ago. As Councillor Adriane Carr stated: “It’s such an incredible waste of resources at a time in our planet’s history when conservation is on everyone’s mind”. The City of Vancouver issued 1,141 demolition permits in 2015, the most in a decade. By rallying at 6088 Adera Street we will be sending a strong message to City Hall that rampant demolition has no place in “the Greenest City in the World.”

See related article in Vancouver Sun: “Bulldozer Bait: $6 million mansion just another Vancouver tear-down”
http://www.vancouversun.com/business/bulldozer+bait+million+mansion+just+another+vancouver+tear+down/11686111/story.html#ixzz3yr20VNIC

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Petitioning City of Vancouver Mayor and Council
Save Vancouver’s Character Houses
https://www.change.org/p/city-of-vancouver-mayor-and-council-save-vancouver-s-character-houses

(4,515 signatures as of 2-Feb-2016)

More than 750 homes are demolished annually in Vancouver, many of them pre-1940s houses built with a high level of craftsmanship and quality materials.  Most of these homes are already adapted, or adaptable, to modern living requirements and are a more affordable and ecologically sustainable option than the houses that currently replace them.  Each demolition sends more than 50 tonnes of waste to the landfill, taking with it the history and character of the streetscape and the mature gardens that grace our established neighbourhoods.

We the undersigned call on City Council to take immediate action to:

1) remove from zoning and building code bylaws any biases favouring demolition and new construction over retention;

2) review and amend single-family(RS) zoning in a collaborative process with affected communities so that retention of pre-1940s homes has significant advantages over demolition and new construction while ensuring the character, scale and fundamental nature of the neighbourhoods are preserved;

3) provide greater review and scrutiny of pre-1940s homes prior to accepting proposed development applications and/or demolitions; and

4) fast-track and prioritize development applications that retain pre-1940s character and heritage housing.

 

Vancouver Character House Network

Please view our video:  http://youtu.be/NwO3x9Xflmw

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  • The beautiful home at 6088 Adera Street is yet another example of needless demolition.
  • This particular home, only 20 years old, underwent a $350,000 renovation just 3 years ago.
  • Councillor Adriane Carr stated: “It’s such an incredible waste of resources at a time in our planet’s history when conservation is on everyone’s mind.”
  • The City of Vancouver issued 1,141 demolition permits in 2015, the most in a decade.
  • By rallying at 6088 Adera Street people will be sending a strong message to Vancouver City Hall that rampant demolition has no place in “the Greenest City in the World.”
  • The city has control of land use policy and the ability to make it more advantageous to retain, update and reuse existing buildings rather than demolish. An existing building embodies many resources and using it longer is generally “greener” than demolishing it, hauling away the waste, and using new resources to build a bigger newer building.
  • There are ways to avoid demolition while incentivising the retention of good buildings and adding density.

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