37-storey tower will be Delta’s tallest building

37-storey tower will be Delta’s tallest building

It’s hoped high-rise will revitalize Scott Road corridor
By Sandor Gyarmati, The Delta Optimist December 21, 2012
Civic politicians enthusiastically endorsed plans for a high-rise on 80th Avenue near Scott Road.

Civic politicians enthusiastically endorsed plans for a high-rise on 80th Avenue near Scott Road.

Photograph by: Submitted , Delta Optimist

Delta council has approved an application to build what would be the municipality’s tallest building.

Civic politicians enthusiastically gave the go ahead Monday to a proposal by Marshall Mountain Homes Ltd. to build a 37-storey high-rise in North Delta at 11941-80th Ave., near Scott Road.

Immediately south of the Delta Shoppers Mall, the mixed-use building would have commercial space on the bottom and up to 359 residential units above.

The structure would dwarf two 14-storey buildings in North Delta, which currently have the distinction as Delta’s tallest.

Saying it’s an exciting development, Coun. Robert Campbell noted the new building would help revitalize the Delta side of the Scott Road corridor.

“It’s not about density, it’s about providing diversity,” he said.

Coun. Ian Paton agreed, saying Scott Road needs “something new and flashy” to kick start the revitalization of the corridor.

Acknowledging concerns were expressed by residents at a recent public hearing, Coun.Scott Hamilton noted times have changed and that economies of scale have resulted in needing to build higher.

He also described the Scott Road corridor as resembling Kingsway, which needs to change.

Mayor Lois Jackson said North Delta has always been a bedroom community, but now the people that built the community are aging and have no place to go. She added the development could also help attract young home buyers.

Building heights limits are vastly more restrictive when it comes to South Delta. There aren’t any applications or interest shown in building high-rises in Ladner or Tsawwassen.

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COMMENT:
Having met several Delta residents…and note that Delta is actually comprised of (3)  distinct areas Tsawassen ,North Delta and Ladner. I am somewhat inspired by their pro-active involvement in various issues, and by opposing sides of view that appear knowledgeable of the issues…aka good, constructive and all important grassroots involvement.
They tend to hold their Local Gov’t accountable by organizing and presenting their side at Council Meetings etc…whereas here in Richmond, the apathy is appalling, but then again, given our demographics that is also to be expected. which our Council must delight in
I have been following this Delta Hi Rise issue a bit, and there seemed to be a fair bit of opposition. The theme I read from Delta resident is they do NOT want Hi Density, that is why many moved there, to avoid it.
However, I see that Delta Council has approved this proposal and Delta will get its first major Hi Rise.
So, what does this REALLY mean…?
IMHO, they have let in the Trojan Horse….the proverbial line has been crossed.
QUOTE:

Saying it’s an exciting development, Coun. Robert Campbell noted the new building would help revitalize the Delta side of the Scott Road corridor.

“It’s not about density, it’s about providing diversity,” he said.

Translation: The kool -aid has been swallowed…with a lot of “Go Green GAIA” Agenda 21  propoganda. Diversity is an interesting buzz word….we have been programmed being against something  labelled “diversity”  is apparently a bad thing.  Regardless..they will spin the agenda and put lipstick on the pig at any cost.

I see this as a strategic move to eventually “justify” a  lobby for a SkyTrain extension. What I predict will happen is that the Scott road corridor from the closest existing Sky Train route to the new Hi -Rise tower will be rezoned to Hi Density…allowing for more Hi Rises. As we speak I would not at all be surprised of developers are already buying up or optioning land along Scott Road.

Then in typical “F*ck the General Public” mode….a new OCP will be drafted….Highest and Best Use will change along this corridor….property taxes will s-o-a-r…..businesses will close,…. the commercial base declines, and with it the crucial small business sector. It is warfare, via economic “rape and pillage” means. To be even more blunt….I am starting to formulate a view that the  INTENT is to kill off  businesses….to herd us into fewer choices …that these Hi-Rises are simply an excuse to do so…given the irrefutable evidence we have a certifiable and increasing glut of housing inventory, and that there appears to be NO replacement of the Industrial Commercial land eaten up by empty Hi – Rises.

QUOTE :
Building heights limits are vastly more restrictive when it comes to South Delta. There aren’t any applications or interest shown in building high-rises in Ladner or Tsawwassen.
Wouldn’t hold my breath…IMHO it is only a matter of time before Ladner and Tsawassen will have Hi-Rises approved and this will accelerate if the Massey tunnel is replaced by a bridge.
This isn’t rocket science it is simply paying attention to the details, and seeing the patterns unfold to create the big picture. This is happening all over Metro Vancouver, so why would Delta be immune ?
Ultimately and inevitably all Councils become insular, dictatorial  and cater to special interest groups…the average citizen is simply a Ca$h Cow whose vote mean N-O-T-H-I-N-G.
Welcome to the new reality unless we get back to grassroots accountability.
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