P1310832The signboard says “early public input opportunity.” If that opportunity was to question why another tower is going to be built on the busiest intersection in the entire city, that opportunity is too late because the city planning department has already approved the development. The tower will rise up to 19 stories and feature 144 rental units. The developer is Hollyburn Properties.

The tower will replace a series of small low-rise buildings that are currently home to several small restaurants, including Nando’s Chicken on the corner. It will stand directly in front of the twin towers being built by the Onni Group across the street, impeding the Onni towers view of the Lions Gate Bridge. The 144 units will serve to assist some of the demand for rental housing that is growing due to the demolition of older apartment buildings. However, the rents will be much higher than what is currently being charged in the district.

On its website, Hollyburn states “we believe strong community and family values are essential to creating vibrant, fulfilling lives. Through a series of outreach programs, partnerships and sponsorships, we follow our mandate of becoming an active, contributing partner in every neighbourhood we are privileged to be part of. In 2013, Hollyburn was recognized by receiving the Better Business Bureau Torch Award for Community Excellence.”

The website also states: “We support a broad range of initiatives and pilot projects that protect our fragile environment to ensure that our future generations will inherit a better world. Projects include participation in a BCIT/ BC Hydro joint study to harness wind power, the Greenhouse Gas Registry created to minimize our reliance on fossil fuels, solar and tidal power feasibility research, and BC Hydro’s Product Incentive Program, which reduces electrical power consumption for seven buildings by $2,700 per year.”

Finally, Hollyburn has joined the Growing City program. In 2015, the City of Vancouver implemented an exciting new waste management strategy to help reduce collective ecological impact try this website. All residents and businesses are required to separate food scraps, paper towels and clean wood from regular garbage. Hollyburn’s Organics Composting Program, in partnership with Growing City, will help divert thousands of pounds of organic material from our local landfills. Each Hollyburn resident is equipped with a convenient, dishwasher-safe counter-top container to separate their compostable items. Organic waste can now be separately disposed of in new black and green compost bins located at each building’s garbage and recycling facility.

By staff writer

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