There’s good news and not-so-good news to tell you about Vancouver’s plans for a new Strathcona library. This is an update of an earlier blog that suggested the library would be built at the expense of local heritage.
The triple-barrelled good news is that the the community gets a new library, along with up to 20 units of supportive housing for single mothers and their children, and that the neighbourhood’s historic Heatley Block and two adjacent heritage houses aren’t going to be razed. (Photo credit ianiwurm.) Here’s the story I wrote Tuesday.
The bad news is that the city’s decision to not proceed with building on the Heatley Block cost city taxpayers something in the neighbourhood of $600,000 in added land costs and a loss on the sale of the property.
Perhaps the City of Vancouver can’t win! Recently I’ve written a couple of posts about residents protesting new proposed hirises in their neighbourhoods. The City now saves a building in Strathcona that is possibly one of the 10 oldest buildings in Vancouver but loses the revenue from the redevelopment of that site.