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Today Vancouver City Council approved a new 202-unit rental apartment at Kingsway and 11th, and a 61-unit rental building at 450 Gore Avenue, bringing much-needed rental housing to both the Mount Pleasant and Downtown Eastside neighbourhoods.

“The approval of these two projects is an important step for providing more housing options in a city that is challenging for people on low or modest incomes,” said Mayor Robertson. “Our city benefits from the thousands of rental units built in the 1960s and ’70s, and we urgently need to create new rental housing that fits with our neighbourhoods. These new homes are providing options for students, young families and seniors to live in our city, and we need more of them.”

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Mayor Gregor Robertson and City Council approved the City of Vancouver’s 2015 Budget today, a balanced and forward-looking plan that continues strong business discipline at City Hall while making significant investments in key community priorities.

“Vancouver’s 2015 Budget is an ambitious, responsible and community-driven plan that strengthens our communities today and invests in our city’s future,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “We heard from Vancouver that residents want their budget to support new affordable housing, better transportation, public safety, improved parks and action to meet our Greenest City goals. The 2015 Budget invests in all of these urgent priorities while keeping taxes low and enhancing City services, and I’m very proud to support it.”

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Mayor Gregor Robertson and City Council approved a $1 million grant this morning that will help reopen the Bosman Hotel in Downtown Vancouver for affordable housing, providing 100 homes for people on low incomes.

“This project will be a big boost for people on low incomes who call Downtown Vancouver home and are having trouble finding a place to live,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “Thanks to a creative partnership with the owner of the building and Community Builders Group, we’re able to utilize the Bosman Hotel and open its doors for people who need housing the most.”

The $1 million grant from the City is part of ongoing investments by City Council to invest in low and modest-income housing. It will allow 100 rooms in the Bosman to be renovated and restored. Community Builders Group has signed a lease with the owner of the Bosman for the next five years to use it as affordable housing.

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Mayor Gregor Robertson is highlighting further engagement opportunities for the City of Vancouver’s proposed 2015 Budget, ahead of a final Council vote on March 3rd.

“Vancouver’s proposed 2015 Budget is an ambitious, responsible, and community-driven plan to keep our city moving forward,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “It’s a balanced budget that keeps taxes low while making smart investments in new affordable housing, better transportation, public safety, Greenest City action, and improved parks and public spaces.

“I encourage all residents to take a look and offer the ideas and input we need to keep building an even better Vancouver in which to live, work, and raise a family.” 

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Vancouver City Council voted unanimously today to support the ‘Yes’ side in the upcoming transit referendum, building support for better transit and roads throughout Metro Vancouver.

“Vancouver is sending a message that we need to do everything we can to ensure the referendum passes, so that we can cut congestion, protect our environment and grow our economy,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “With Metro Vancouver’s population increasing by another one million people by 2040, we have to invest in better transit. The alternative is crippling gridlock and traffic congestion that will destroy our region’s livability.”

The motion was introduced by City Councillor George Affleck, which called for City Council to support the Mayor in his efforts to ensure the plebiscite succeeds, and for staff to report back on work underway to build support.

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Building permits issued by the City of Vancouver in 2014 hit a value of $2.83 billion, exceeding pre-recession levels and marking an all-time record in Vancouver’s growing economy.
Building permit values of $2,825,700,469 in 2014 represent an increase of 28 per cent from 2013, and a 77 per cent increase over 2008.

“An all-time record for building permit values is an important example of how Vancouver’s economic action strategy is working,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “Low taxes, less red tape, and innovative new incentive programs at City Hall are helping to attract new investment to our city and create thousands of highly-skilled new jobs. Whether it’s with new investments in our high-tech sector, a boom in new office space, or unprecedented new purpose-built rental housing, these numbers are further proof that Vancouver’s economy is continuing its exciting positive momentum.”

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