July 19, 2016 11:35 am
Updated: July 19, 2016 10:50 pm

Plan to replace Little Mountain social housing complex to go before council

WATCH: It has been seven years since Vancouver’s oldest public housing project was bulldozed after much controversy. Tonight, a public hearing begins on rezoning the former Little Mountain site. Ted Chernecki reports.


A plan to replace East Vancouver’s Little Mountain social housing complex will finally go before city council on Tuesday.

The plan has been in the works for nearly seven years when tenants were evicted and the old project was demolished.

The 1950s-era housing complex, which was contained 224 low-income units, started to wind down in 2009 after land was sold by the province to a private developer.

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The federal government transferred the social housing complex next to Queen Elizabeth Park to the province, who then sold it to a private developer with the promise they would rebuild the social housing units.

More than 1,600 mixed housing units were expected.

Most living at the complex were displaced – with the promise they could return in two years, but that process is still ongoing.

It was not until 2013 that construction was finally started for the first social housing project.

The province says it has now built thousands of units with the $300 million the Holdborn group paid for the land.

Council will hear the proposal from the Holdborn group today.

READ MORE: Little Mountain’s past – and its uncertain future – subject of new documentary

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