We think this project had a lot of potential to benefit the community and we are disappointed that the parties have chosen to abandon the process at this early stage rather than continue to work through the areas where the parties’ respective interests were not in alignment. We believe strongly that any development should involve an investment in community amenities and will continue to advocate for responsible development that will bring with it benefits to west end families.
Even though the deal seems to be dead in the water 3 things still remain:
1. Hydro will still need to build new substations in the near future downtown
2. Downtown schools are at capacity and new school spaces need to be made in our community now.
3. The City continues to approve new developments at a pace that outstrips community ammenities and this development will continue to put pressure on schools & electrical systems.
WEFA encourages The City to pause development until BC Hydro secures new sites for substations and until the VSB opens more school spaces downtown.
WEFA calls on The Provincial Government to fund the building of new school spaces in downtown Vancouver.
WEFA encourages BC Hydro to continue to look for creative solutions that provide ammenities for the community.