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Point Grey Road residents upset over city’s plan to expand sidewalk

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WATCH: Residents along Vancouver's Point Grey Road are fighting a new pedestrian walkway they say will make their neighbourhood more dangerous – Jun 22, 2016

Two years ago, residents along Kitsilano’s Point Grey Road supported measures that closed the street to all but local traffic but now they’re concerned about the second phase of the city’s project.

The city plans to have the sidewalk on the north side of the street widened by more than a metre; some of the shrubs and trees on city land will be torn out.

The work is expected to cost $6.4 million.

“Why would so many millions of dollars be put into one street in already an affluent area?” Point Grey resident Mary Lavin asked.

According to the city, the decision to go ahead with the second phase of the project was made after a series of public consultations.

“We want to make sure that it’s consistent with the Seawall and greenways and that it’s comfortable and safe for everyone to use,” Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson said.

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“At the end of the day, this is city-owned land and it belongs to the entire city and not to a single homeowner,” Vancouver Point Grey MLA David Eby said.

A protest is set to take place at Kitsilano Beach on June 26.

– With files from Aaron McArthur

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