Vancouver: No Megatowers at Safeway

Vancouver: No Megatowers at Safeway

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MASSIVE luxury towers are being proposed by the Crombie Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) for the Safeway site on East Broadway at Commercial Drive.

These investment developers, who are based on the Toronto Stock Exchange, want 3 skyscrapers that will soar to the equivalent of  41, 37 and 33 residential storeys from the ground to the very tip top.

There is little affordable housing at the proposed site.

There are 653 suites proposed - only 14% are for below-market housing. There is no low income or social housing or co-op housing proposed. 

The rest are luxury condos and market priced rental suites. 

The proposed towers go against years of community planning for the site. The Grandview Woodlands Citizens' Assembly recommended 12 storeys as the highest height; the Grandview-Woodland Community Plan says heights ranging between 12-24 storeys are acceptable. 

We want affordable housing in Vancouver. This development will not bring it.

All green space will be locked off to the public, accessible only to building residents - a gated complex. 

There is no generous, centrally located sunny public plaza as the City promised in the Grandview Woodland community plan.

These skyscrapers will darken the neighbourhood and erase mountain views.

While we strongly support increased density near a transit hub, these skyscrapers will be the tallest towers in East Vancouver. They are out of scale and will harm the character of the Commercial Drive neighbourhood.

The Safeway store itself will be increased in size by approximately 50% - spreading from about 34,000  to 51,000 sq feet - a sprawling megastore out of keeping with Commercial Drive,  threatening the viability of local businesses.

These massive towers will boost nearby property values, taxes and rents on local businesses.  We cherish the eclectic nature of Commercial Drive. This will push many independent businesses - many who already are struggling - away or into closure. 

This proposal will do nothing to bring affordable housing to Vancouver.

We want Vancouver City Council to vote 'No' to this development proposal and rezoning application for 1780 East Broadway.


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