February 8, 2016 10:21 am
Updated: February 8, 2016 12:42 pm

Rally held at city hall to protest proposed Chinatown redevelopment

Protesters gather at City Hall on Monday, Feb. 8, 2016

Global News / Craig Hooper

CALGARY – Dozens of people attended a rally in front of City Hall on Monday protesting proposed redevelopment plans for Chinatown.

The Chinatown Community Stakeholders’ Committee (CCSC) organized the march, which started in Chinatown at around 8:45 a.m.

The group is concerned about proposed amendments to two city bylaws which they say were created without consultation from the public.

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“It is not right to make changes to a community without first publicly consulting the community in question,” argues a post on the group’s Facebook event page.

“Development in the community is good, but nearly unrestricted development that doesn’t meet the needs or wants of the community is not.”

Members of the CCSC also say they’re uneasy about potential changes to current building restrictions, as the developer hasn’t presented any plans to community stakeholders.

“We are apprehensive about what might end up being constructed, and whether it will benefit the community.”

The rally was held to coincide with the beginning of the Chinese New Year.

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