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The sale of the Little Mountain Housing site now holds an unofficial record for “sale in progress”. It began twelve years ago and still has not yet been completed.  People, understandably, have lost track of just where the process of rebuilding the site is at and what will be done. Here are some key facts and dates that describe the situation and what it means for housing in Vancouver.

Ten Facts About Sale of Little Mountain Housing Site

The sale of the Little Mountain social housing property, Vancouver’s first social housing site in 1954, has been dogged with controversy, delays and a lack of transparency.   Here are sixteen important questions that have yet to be answered by either the developer/owner, Holborn International, or the Province of British Columbia.

Unanswered Questions about the Sale of Little Mountain Social Housing Site to Holborn International

Students from the Global Engineering Leadership program in the UBC Faculty of Engineering completed two community based research projects in the summer of 2019. The projects were sponsored by the RPSC Community Visions Committee.

Project One–A study of vehicular traffic along W. 33rd Ave. between Ontario and Main and the traffic along Main St. at the intersection of 33rd.  The project reviewed a previous traffic study from 2011 and found significant changes in current traffic volumes compared to those of six years ago.  Final Report LM Traffic Study

 

Project Two–A team of five engineers examined current household waste reduction and recycling practices in the Riley Park area.  Using interviews, questionnaires and self-monitoring, the team identified what local residents are currently doing and obtained insights into how recycling practices can be improved. Final Report – Waste Awareness

Click on the link for the Vancouver Sun updates on the Little Mountain site.  Vancouver Sun’s ongoing coverage of the Little Mountain redevelopment chaos continues.

Little Mountain Saga Continues Sun Article: July 13, 2019

Link:  Little Mountain Nov 2018 Sun article

The Riley Park South Cambie region is experiencing numerous re-development projects in the form of both individual multi-family buildings and large scale sites. The topic of environmentally sound construction and sustainable housing is, however, not frequently highlighted in public discussions and in exchanges with developers and architects. This is in part because it is a complex topic for non-specialists. It is, however, an important, timely topic for all residents to engage with. The link below provides access to web sites on the topic in terms of building standards, relevant building techniques and technology as well as the path laid out by governments for developers to follow in order to build more energy efficient housing in Vancouver.

Link:  Web Sites on Sustainable Construction

 

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