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MLA for Vancouver-Point Grey is worried about future sale of Jericho Lands

Last Updated Apr 29, 2015 at 6:41 am PDT

(Courtesy davideby.ca)

Vancouver-Point Grey MLA David Eby fears sale of provincially owned land will end up being empty luxury condos

MLA David Eby wants to see a community centre or development that includes affordable housing

Jericho Lands are located between 4th avenue and 8th avenue in Vancouver

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – The MLA for Vancouver-Point Grey is worried about what will be built on a large chunk of land in his neighbourhood.

David Eby has heard from the people who live near the property, in between 4th and 8th avenues, they tell him they want to see a rec centre or development that includes affordable housing.

“The consistent themes are we don’t want another Coal Harbour in the middle of Point Grey, we don’t want a bunch of vacant luxury condos where people who own them aren’t contributing to local businesses, and they aren’t helping to build community.”

He wants to see something more socially and economically sustainable.

“Community centres and affordable housing for people who live and work in Vancouver. The community is incredibly concerned the province will sell this for short term gain.”

He’s pushing for consultation before it’s sold but doesn’t believe that will happen.

Last fall, the federal government and three first nations groups purchased roughly the same amount of property right beside the land in question.

Eby will be raising the issue of the Jericho Lands sale at a meeting tonight at the Jericho Hill Gymnasium at 4180 West 4th Avenue at 7 p.m.