The following article is reproduced with kind permission from Eye on Norquay:
An appeal to write a letter in support of the No Tower Coalition and its long struggle against the Kettle/Boffo collaboration led to the compilation of the following list of blockbustings. For over a decade now, what calls itself “planning” in Vancouver has turned into a mishmash of naked spot rezonings and new local area plans. Sometimes the two are so entangled that it becomes difficult to determine exactly how an addled egg has managed to emerge from a chicken cooped up in an open house. Consider only the tortuous histories of King Edward Village, Rize Alliance, and Joyce Station Precinct.
Amidst the muddle, one thing remains clear. Developers always push for the tallest possible towers. And planners collude to set precedents that can prejudice future area planning to the greatest extent possible.
Concrete proposals for Kettle/Boffo development will be a salient matter on 27 July 2016 as speakers line up to address the new Grandview-Woodland local area plan.
Council Date Storeys Description 2003 July 24 17 King Edward Village for Kingsway & Knight 2006 Jan 24 22 2300 Kingsway for Norquay 2011 Apr 21 16 8495 Granville (Safeway) for Marpole 2011 July 19 35 8440 Cambie (Marine Gateway) for Marpole 2011 Nov 01 30 Wall Centre Central Park for Renfrew-Collingwood 2012 June 11 22 1401 Comox for West End 2012 Feb 27 21 Rize Alliance for Mt Pleasant 2012 Oct 16 12 955 East Hastings for Downtown Eastside 2016 June 28 30 5050-5080 Joyce (Westbank at Joyce Station) 2016 July 19 12 155 East 37th (Little Mountain) for RPSC 2016 July 27 12 Kettle/Boffo for Grandview Woodland