Burnaby tenants rally against mass rezoning! November 19, 5.30PM, Burnaby City Hall

What: Stop Demovictions Burnaby to rally at public hearing against the rezoning of 8 buildings in Metrotown

When: Tuesday, November 19th at 5:30PM

Where: Burnaby City Hall, 4949 Canada Way

After a year-long moratorium on demovictions, developers are back in Metrotown. On Tuesday, November 19, Burnaby City Council will hear rezoning applications for eight buildings, which developers want to demolish and replace with high-rises anywhere from 34- to 43-storeys tall.  The buildings on the chopping block include 4960 Bennett Street, 6525 Telford Ave, 6444 Willingdon, 4241 Maywood St, and four buildings on Marlborough Ave (6556/66/80/96). If City Council approves developers’ applications, hundreds of affordable rental units will be lost from Metrotown and the Metro Vancouver rental market.

All four developer projects promise new rental apartments for displaced tenants following the Housing Task Force’s recommendation of a one-to-one replacement plan for people evicted due to demolition. Unfortunately the one to one replacement plan has not been voted into law so presently there is no legal obligation for developers, or Burnaby’s municipal government, to find people new homes. 

According to Zhandong, who has lived at 6444 Willingdon for the past 14 years, developers don’t care about tenants. “The prices are skyrocketing and we live in fear of becoming homeless, but developers just want to work with the government, not with us. ” With nowhere to move until the new 1-1 same price units are ready to go, tenants are promised to enter a new circle of displacement.

Residents of Metrotown and supporters will rally to speak at the public hearing, demanding once again that:

  • People’s lives and well being are given a higher priority than developers’ profits;
  • No eviction notice be sent until every tenant has access to a stable, adequate unit in the same neighbourhood for the same price they currently pay; and
  • The City of Burnaby introduce a standards of maintenance bylaw, forcing owners to keep taking care of buildings.

Mayor Mike Hurley was elected on the coattails of Metrotown residents, who have fought tirelessly to save their homes and neighbourhood. Will Hurley follow the path of the infamous former mayor Derek Corrigan, who made Metrotown the epicentre of the demoviction crisis, or will he listen to the people? Come out on November 19th, 5:30PM at Burnaby’s City Hall and speak out about why the projects can’t go ahead before we know where tenants will go on their eviction date.