While we salute the hard work of the Citizens Assembly, we note they were deeply conflicted about a proposed 15-storey tower at Commercial and Venables and were unable to make a specific recommendation about the idea.
The tower, proposal by Boffo Developments, is completely out of context with the neighbourhood and would destroy the current low impact, lowrise and people-friendly nature of our much-loved Drive. It should be blocked.
It would consist of 180 market condos and would be massive, casting shadows over homes and gardens. Nor would it provide affordable housing.
The development would require the addition of a piece of city land at the rear of the site... a sizeable footprint with mature trees much better suited to a park or other public amenity.
Any social programs currently on the site could be very easily accommodated within a four storey height restriction and with financial contributions from the city and higher levels of government.
Barbara Cameron, Vancouver