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City looks at becoming a landlord

Development proposal trades density for non-market rentals

Should a municipality be able to designate who lives in affordable housing?

That's a question that caused concern for some City of North Vancouver council members Monday.

Council was considering a rezoning proposal that seeks to give essential city workers affordable housing in exchange for more density.

The plan, which calls for a four-storey plus cellar building with 52 units to be built at 13th Street and Chesterfield Avenue, is proposing to grant the city four units on the cellar level with the option to buy four more non-market rental units at construction costs.

The proposal is that the city's units be made available to employees of the fire department, police force and/or Lions Gate Hospital professional staff.

This would be the first time the city would delineate housing based on occupation, if council were to approve the applicant's current proposal.


North Vancouver Firefighters

City of North Van firefighters gathered Thursday morning to remember the 343 firefighters who lost their lives seven years ago following the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York.

The local department gathered around the flag and stood silently as they reflected on the sacrifice made by their fellow firefighters. Several local firefighters travelled to New York in 2001, including Dan Hilton.

"It was surreal to see ground zero," said Hilton who went to New York to deliver money donated by North Shore residents to a fire hall in Lower Manhattan. "They welcomed us with open arms; they were really supportive of other departments coming down."

While there Hilton attended a memorial service for one of the firefighters. He's still in regular contact with the best friend of the firefighter who died.

"People did lose their lives that day: firefighters, police officers, citizens and Canadians," said Hilton. "We don't want to forget them or those people who came forward and helped out."


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