One 12 months after Burnaby handed a plan to rework Metrotown right into a dense downtown core, housing activists are as decided as ever to guard inexpensive rental inventory for town’s low-income residents.
A number of labour unions have joined ACORN in calling for a moratorium on demovictions – the method by which a developer buys a rental house constructing, evicts tenants, razes the construction and replaces it with a brand new constructing, typically a highrise condominium tower.
“We’re in the course of a housing disaster and our members can’t afford to reside as a result of they spend greater than 50 per cent of their revenue on housing alone,” mentioned Alli Massie, chair of the Educating Help Employees Union at SFU.
Massie spoke at a press convention in entrance of a just lately vacated house constructing on Sussex Avenue Tuesday. She mentioned housing affordability is the primary concern for TSSU members.
“Tons of our members reside within the Metrotown space … and a whole lot of them have been demovicted and displaced or are having to maneuver away just because they’ll’t afford the rents which might be right here.”
The BC Authorities Workers and Service Union and CUPE 23, which represents Metropolis of Burnaby workers, have additionally known as for an finish to demovictions.
Burnaby has the third-highest rents within the nation, behind Toronto and Vancouver, in accordance with PadMapper. The median hire is $1,500 for a one-bedroom house and $2,260 for a two-bedroom house.
ACORN activist Murray Martin mentioned a brand new initiative from the Metropolis of Burnaby’s council to create the province’s first rental-only zoning just isn’t sufficient.
He mentioned “you would need to be a idiot” to imagine the “sudden change of coronary heart” was not associated to the election, as Mayor Derek Corrigan claims. Martin mentioned the Metrotown Downtown Plan and rezoning has had a disastrous impact on rental inventory. A whole lot of rental models stay slated for demolition following earlier approvals from town.