We do not need more density mayor, and we can do WITHOUT a new mega spendthrift HJCRC! There must be a more cost effective alternative that could rescue our existing HJCRC lands from the jaws of developers.


With density having reached unprecedented 2041+ levels many are now realizing the adverse impact and negative wellness it is having on our neighbourhoods.  We do not need up to 1,500 more residents taking over the existing HJCRC lands as it only further injects unabated commuter congestion and gridlock and neighbourhood stress.

Re: HJCRC, I realize there are according to the MODUS survey a mere 900 across the entire North Shore of over 180K in support of the proposed HJCR Centre and only 241 whose postal code actually live in this neighbourhood.  Yes, our existing HJCRC is at the end of its run.  But I am completely opposed to spending $130 to $160 MILLION on an enchilada sporting mega-dome.  The interest so far does not warrant such an all inclusive sporting facility.  And our current HJCRC is NOT operating anywhere near full capacity, partly due to the onslaught of private fitness centres and just a few blocks north of HJCRC is the “brand new” Delbrook Community Recreation Centre that has a six lane, 25 metre pool.  And what is blatantly missing is an attached PARKADE, or inclusive ground level parking to accommodate the traffic for those attending say an aquatic competition.  A spendthrift mega-dome dependent on drawing people from across the North Shore and from the lower mainland… oh  yeah I forgot everyone will be bicycling or taking transit and being dropped off and picked up at the ONE NORTH/SOUTH BUS STOP.

We should be seriously looking at alternative low-cost prefabricated modular options allowing for a much faster and cost effective turnaround in the reconstruct of our existing HJCRC.  Rebuilding from the ground up in SECTIONS – independent state of the art building materials – allowing the rest of the existing rec centre to remain active.  This would allow new second floor areas to be portable, interchangeable, easily updated meeting the unforeseen demands placed on the new rec centre for decades to come… and there lies the challenge, the needed resilience to reinvent our 52 year old HJCRC working drawings.

Tonight’s agenda once again does not address our many SHORTcomings like: offering city rent-controlled housing for people who work full or part-time in our local business whom cannot AFFORD our escalating rental/housing costs.  And like so many asking: “Why does the Mayor hide our Statement of Financial Information – is it that incriminating?”

Meanwhile way, way back during our last NVCH meeting…

A must read:  Rebellion in the Neighbourhood by Corrie Kost via https://www.theglobalcanadian.com/2138-2/#.WoXSXnx9u6o.wordpress
The proof is in the pudding thanks to: North Van City Voices: https://nvcityvoices.files.wordpress.com/2018/01/cnv_housing-units-january-2018.xls

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