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Mount Pleasant organization still hoping to stay in heritage building

Last Updated Feb 17, 2018 at 11:29 pm PDT

The former Simon Fraser elementary annex (Courtesy City of Vancouver)

Light and Love Home provides seniors and kids programming at the old Simon Fraser Annex

The long-time occupants are still waiting to renew their licence as neighbourhood undergoes rezoning

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – An organization that occupies a heritage building in Vancouver’s Mount Pleasant neighbourhood is nervous about its fate.

For the past couple of years, the City of Vancouver has been working to rezone four blocks of Quebec Street, from 2nd to 6th Avenues, to increase density and to better accommodate the digital entertainment industry.

On the edge of this area is the heritage Simon Fraser Annex, a two-storey school built in 1929. Three options have been looked at: demolish the building, move the building to a corner of the block, or keep it where it is.

It’s owned by the City of Vancouver, but occupied by Light and Love Home, an organization that provides kids and seniors programming.

The group’s Tuhien Trieu says with their current lease about to expire at the end of the year, they’ve had only verbal reassurances they will be able to stay in the building.

“If the lease is not renewed, we don’t know where we’d go. We continue to have challenges to find an alternative location. This location is ideal, accessible to seniors and children,” she says.

Light and Love Home has been at the old school for 18 years, and provides, among other things, classes in film making, adult ESL, and ukulele lessons.

“The city and the community need to value the kinds of services we provide. I know Vancouver is developing really fast, but we don’t want to neglect the people in need.”

As part of their lobbying efforts, the centre, at 123 East 6th Avenue, is having an open house Sunday afternoon from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.