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Vancouver city manager hopeful about Squamish Nation development adding rental units

Last Updated Apr 14, 2019 at 8:01 am PDT

Vanier Park (Source: Google Maps)
Summary

The city manager believes if the Nation chooses rental, there could be benefits

The city has no jurisdiction on the land, despite the planned development's proximity to Kitsilano

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – As the Squamish Nation reveals plans to build 3,000 apartments near Vanier Park, we’re looking into what this will mean for Vancouver.

The city manager believes if the Nation chooses rental, there could be benefits.

Given Vancouver’s target to have more than 70,000 units constructed over the next decade, the Squamish Nation’s plan to build this many units right at the foot of the Burrard Bridge is welcome, says city manager Sadhu Johnston.

“They, in our initial discussions, seem to recognize that we need to be able to house people with different incomes, so that is significant,” he says.

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The city has no jurisdiction on the land, despite the planned development’s proximity to Kitsilano, but Johnston says it could still have a role in providing emergency, library and road services, similar to an agreement already in place with the Musqueam.

Johnston says Vancouver is looking forward to working with the Squamish Nation, and says it’s an ideal space to add more rental units if indeed that’s the direction the nation goes.

“We’ve got a target through our housing Vancouver strategy of 72,000 units to be built, so if this contributes toward our targets, that’s very important and meaningful.”