Media Advisory: Tenants to Hold Rally Against Rezoning at Vancouver City Hall; Over 1,000 letters sent to City Council in opposition

Demonstration to be held Thursday, July 4, 12 PM, at Vancouver City Hall

Vancouver, BC — THIS Thursday, tenants at 5455 Balsam St will be protesting the rezoning of their property in front of Vancouver City Hall. Their landlord, Larco Investments, is applying to build an unaffordable high-rise on top of their garden space, which would remove their parking garage during construction.

The tenants, the majority of whom are seniors, have reported significant issues with Larco’s building management subsidiary, Maple Leaf Property Management, including lack of heat during winter due to insufficient boiler repairs, frequent elevator breakdowns, and an unusable pool for the past three years. The rezoning would exacerbate tenants’ difficulties by removing their underground parking lot during construction, posing safety risks for those with mobility issues. Some seniors say they will be displaced from the building if the rezoning is approved.

Striking workers from Sheraton Vancouver Airport hotel, another Larco property, will join the rally in solidarity. Vancouver City Council has received over one thousand letters from tenants and community members in opposition to the rezoning. The rally will be held ahead of a public hearing on July 9, where they will express their concerns directly to Council.

 

WHO: Tenants of 5455 Balsam St, joined by striking workers from Sheraton YVR, and community allies.

WHERE: Vancouver City Hall, 453 W 12th Ave, Vancouver, BC

WHEN: Thursday, July 4 at 12:00 PM

VISUALS: Tenants and workers chanting with colorful signs in protest of the rezoning and Larco. Tenants and UNITE HERE Local 40 representatives will be made available for interviews.

Media Contact: Nate Holers, 250-889-7682, campaigns@unitehere40.com