Another neighbourhood may soon be destroyed


Re: Moratorium in Westwind, Letters, June 27.

Kudos to Joel Berman for an excellent letter about inappropriate development in established neighbourhoods. The house he refers to in Westwind is not the first example of “irresponsible predatory practises resulting in destroying a neighbourhood” and unfortunately will not be the last.

A proposed development slated for the former Gulf and Fraser Credit Union site on Chatham Street at Third Avenue in Steveston is another case in point.  The design put forward, and already accepted by Richmond’s planning committee for a rezoning hearing, is a massive three-storey structure housing 10 residences over ground level commercial space, which is a major intrusion in a block of single family homes.

By allowing the developer to construct an oversized building by paying for a totally unnecessary increase in density, Richmond gains a few hundred thousand dollars, but the neighbours lose their sunlight and their privacy, and the neighbourhood loses its character and appeal.

The building, which will require a variance since it is above the allowable height limit, will overshadow all the surrounding yards, but our elected officials, none of whom live adjacent to the proposed building, seem quite prepared to yield to the developer’s wishes rather than consider the best interests of the neighbourhood.

The suggestion by the developer that the building will “transition” from the commercial village on Moncton Street to the residential neighbourhood is totally ludicrous since it will be taller than anything around it.

Unless a considerable number of people oppose this proposal at the rezoning hearing, we will have another neighbourhood destroyed.

Ralph and Edith Turner


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