Stop townhouse development next door to hospice!
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Join us in opposing a 21-unit townhouse development proposed for 4575 Granville Street.
A proposal has been submitted to the City of Vancouver under the Interim Rezoning Policy for Affordable Housing Choices for rezoning of a property that is sandwiched between Vancouver Hospice and a single-family residence on the southwest corner of Connaught Drive.
While we support the City of Vancouver’s initiatives to increase affordable housing, this project does not fit that criteria. The townhouse units are to be offered at market rates - well above what the average family or individual in Vancouver can afford.
We believe that this is NOT a suitable property for this type of project, as it is directly adjacent to the hospice. This development will severely disrupt privacy, parking, access & noise for the over 150 Vancouver residents who come to our hospice each year to die.
IF THE PROPOSAL IS APPROVED:
- The development will include 21 units; 63% of which will be 3 bedroom homes.
- The 32-spot underground parking will require laneway access, causing a dramatic increase in traffic in the narrow one-car lane. This will block the ONLY access for ambulances, hearses, service vehicles, and families coming to the hospice.
- This will cause an overall increase in neighbourhood traffic, and a marked reduction in available street parking.
- The transport of bodies from the back lane - an intensely private and emotional experience for loved ones saying their final goodbyes - may be exposed to additional vehicles and onlookers.
- The peaceful view for patients and families from the entire north side of the hospice - the ONLY common gathering area with a view of trees and sky - will be completely obstructed.
- The anticipated 2-year construction phase will severely disrupt patients and families, and may lead to a complete closure of the hospice; forcing patients to rely on emergency services and acute care admissions at local hospitals.
- With only 36 hospice beds in Vancouver, any closure of the 8 beds provided by Vancouver Hospice Society would dramatically reduce the supply of this essential service for Vancouver citizens at the end of life. At a cost per hospice bed of approx. $500 per day vs approx. $2000 per day for a hospital bed, it makes economic sense for the city to ensure access to the specialized palliative care patients receive in a hospice setting.
We believe that the rights of Vancouver citizens in need of end-of-life care must be taken into consideration when making development decisions of this magnitude.
The City has a choice of where to locate these projects.
We can't relocate.
UPDATE: We had over 100 supporters who joined us in a protest at the city-sponsored Open House at Shaughnessy Heights United Church on Thurs, April 19th. Together, we sent a clear message to the City that Vancouver citizens will fight to protect the rights of dying patients and their families.
A compassionate city practices responsible development.
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