The Sun has picked up the Berkeley Towers issue and placed it (metaphorically) on the front page:
Tenants at Berkeley Tower in the West End are organizing to fight their planned evictions as Reliance Properties proposes to do extensive repairs on the 16-storey building in a prime location overlooking English Bay.
The company is giving tenants a long lead time and compensation that is almost double what relocation regulations require of developers, said Reliance president Jon Stovell.
But now, especially after the civic elections, there is talk of how community opposition might be able to snarl a developer’s plans even when they meet, and even exceed, the regulations. With housing issues key to so many high-profile municipal races, observers and tenants feel there is now greater pressure on politicians to protect existing affordable rental stock for long-term tenants.
Gordon Price, a former six-term Vancouver councillor, wrote in a recent post to his blog that “a strategy for community and housing activists emerged from the fight over 105 Keefer.”
He is suggesting Berkeley Tower tenants might want to follow the strategy taken by Chinatown community groups at 105 Keefer St.
Well, not exactly “suggesting”. More observing the tactics used for 105 Keefer and then, noting its success, the likelihood that it will be used as a precedent. Which seems to be happening.
For your reading convenience, Price Tags has repositioned the previous posts on The Berkeley following this one. (Regrets that in the process, we lost the comments to the second post.)
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