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    WHEN A NEW DEVELOPMENT PROPOSAL APPEARS, controversy often follows close behind, with some developments more controversial than others. FOCUS is tracking the most controversial developments—the hot spots. Click on an orange dot in the map above to see what's creating controversy. If we're missing something, please send us an alert. You can zoom into and out of the map (use the + and - buttons) and pan around the map by clicking on it and dragging.

  • 900 and 1000 blocks of Yates Street


    STARLIGHT DEVELOPMENTS, a North American apartment developer, has acquired all of one central Victoria block—bordered by Quadra, Yates, Vancouver and View—and half of another (Cook to Vancouver, between Yates and View). The firm’s proposal is to develop a mixed-use community with rental housing, commercial offerings, a public square and green space. It estimates 1,500 purpose-built rental homes of all sizes offered over 3 phases; nearly half an acre of public open space; and over 100,000 square feet of retail. Site coverage is 83 percent. 

    Rezoning and OCP amendments were applied for in January 2020 for the whole 900 block of Yates, and the eastern half of the 1000 block of Yates Street.

    The plan will be developed in three phases. In the first phase, the company has applied for development permits for two towers (the shortest ones), at 21 and 19 storeys. The three towers on the adjacent block are planned to range from 27-32 storeys in height. Gene Miller provides comment on this proposal in a recent Focus column.

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    Too much too fast. Lots of $ in the rental market or this would not be happening.

    North American apartment developer! We don't have any local small developers that can keep busy one project at a time?

    Real estate is being marketed around the world. Locals are being shut out and must now be content to rent at very high profit rates. Where is our leadership?

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