Feb 3 & 6: Speak Out Against Development in Joyce Collingwood

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JARA organizer, Chanel Ly, in a photo by the Vancouver Courier

For many years, Renfrew Collingwood has been known for having a strong, diverse community, made up of people from different income levels and cultural backgrounds. Incoming development has the potential to drastically change the unique character of our neighbourhood by driving out our favourite local businesses and increasing rents. The City of Vancouver is proposing three, tall and expensive towers on three corners around Joyce Station. All three towers will be condo buildings that are 100% market-rate, which means 100% unaffordable for our community.

The newly formed Joyce Area Residents Association has been meeting for months to gather the concerns of local residents, retailers and community members.

  1. The neighbourhood will become unaffordable. Retailers and residents will be displaced.
  2. No concrete plans for affordable housing or community amenities from the City.
  3. Inaccessible consultation processes, not enough language services for people to participate in the open houses.

In the past, our neighbourhood was attractive and affordable to immigrants and newcomers. Today, we cannot necessarily say the same. If expensive development is successful in driving more of our community members out, the problem will only get worse.

Next month, we have a chance to speak out and have our concerns heard at the City open house for the Joyce Station Precinct Review (Feb. 3, 2016 4:30-8:00 pm, Feb. 6 10:30am-2:00pm) at the Collingwood Neighbourhood House. Times listed here are 30 minutes before the actual open house times to give you time to collect your pins and signs in opposition to the development plans. Please help us spread the word. 

Want to get involved or know a community member that we should definitely get in touch with? Connect with us! joyceareaRA@gmail.com

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5 thoughts on “Feb 3 & 6: Speak Out Against Development in Joyce Collingwood”

  1. I grew up in this neighborhood, lived there for most of my life, went to school at saint mary’s and sir wilfred grenfell, Collingwood is a fantastic neighborhood, so many friendly people, and so many great businesses, both old ones and new ones. Reading this, a major change to a place I used to live around, just feels like my world is being flipped upside down. My mom still lives in the neighborhood and she doesn’t plan to move no matter what happens, she has a great apartment, quick access to the skytrain and bus loop, grocery shopping right there (filipino grocery store close to home, winning!) and just a whole bunch of memories from the past. I would love to be there but I don’t know what my schedule will be like at that time, but for those who will be going, stand tall and proud for the Collingwood community, for all the kids who grew up there, all the families that really livened the community, all the personal owned businesses that work day and night to provide to the neighborhood and enjoy seeing their customers happy, we can’t let this happen!!! ):

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    1. Hi Marianne, thank you for your comment! We are gathering outside of Collingwood Neighbourhood House on Feb.3 at 5pm to show our opposition to city plans. If you would like to get your testimonial or that of your mother’s on our site, please contact us at joyceareaRA@gmail.com Lastly, we have since started a petition that you can sign and share 🙂 https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/we-love-renfrew-collingwood-development-without-displacement

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  2. We live at Church Street and we would rather it be a Residents Only parking street. All kinds of out-of-town car owners park their cars here all day and take the sky train to their destinations. Shoppers who do not want to pay parking at Kingsway also park at Church Street taking parking spaces for residents. Motorists coming up from Joyce and and turning left to Church Street, and motorists from Tyne Street turning to Church Street are going at faster speeds on this residential neighborhood, that speed bumps should be installed. Vancouver City council will not do anything here because this is not Vancouver West, and it is still years away from city elections. Last time the street cleaners came, they cleaned the north side of the street but not the south side of the street. We phoned city hall 3-1-1 but got no action. Later the truck sweeper came and made a pass, but then cars have already parked, so the street was not swept all its length. Bad service for too much city taxes that property owners pay…

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