We’re not sure Councillor Buchanan realizes that the childcare will only accommodate 37 children and provide possibly 10/12 units of “special needs” not “affordable” housing. No one can dispute that there is a need, but is this the best use of the sale of the extra density of almost 100,000 square feet?
No mention of the impassioned speech by former Councillor Stella Jo Dean, urging Council not to support this giveaway.
Quoting Clr Buchanan in part:
Coun. Linda Buchanan noted that there is a tremendous need for childcare space and affordable housing, regardless of whether other levels of government are proactive in offering it.
“These are people that live in our community now, and for us to sit and wait and collect cash for some piece of land that we think we’re going to find in our very small five-square miles to develop some day ourselves, or for the province or the federal government to step forward, we are wishing on a dream. It’s not going to happen. I do believe there is a responsibility within our community to support the people who live here who aren’t as fortunate as some of the rest of us,” she said. “When I think about all these benefits, it is a balance. With these amenities, the benefits far outweigh the density that some are opposed to.”