Kitsilano is a generous, inclusive and welcoming community of people. Assisted housing at the right scale, with a considered mix of residents and personalized supports, makes sense.
However, the height, scale, and mass of this 12-storey proposed complex are out of character with the surrounding neighbourhood, which is largely comprised of three or four-storey multi-family buildings.
The project will include an underground parkade, with a street entrance between the Arbutus Greenway, Arbutus Street, and across from the proposed new bus loop at the Arbutus subway station. This will result in additional motor vehicle traffic in a very congested area, posing a safety risk for the daycare, elementary school, Greenway, and park users.
The location is well removed from the Broadway corridor, and the transition to a 12-storey tower on this site is wildly inappropriate and unsupportable. This component of the plan alone is completely out of step with the community and was formulated without any community input. It is a very large departure from current guidelines and policies that apply to the site and adjacent properties.