Comment from Voices: We drove along East 3rd last week from Lonsdale to try to get a sense of what is happening in Moodyville. This has been touted as a Master Planned Community – pre-zoned to support a compact, accessible, resilient, adaptable, healthy, diverse, age-friendly community. We’d seen lots of real estate ads, stating ‘starting from $1.3Million’! A resident stepped up to speak at public input at the City Council meeting last night. Her script and video link follow. Quoting “If you haven’t seen what is happening there…..you should”.
Cathy Lewis (resident):
I attended the Developer Info session for the first phases of an over 8 acre site in Moodyville, being built by one developer.
If you haven’t seen what is happening there…..you should.
Because this area is “pre”zoned these developments will not be coming to council.
This phase on E 2nd proposes 108- 3 bedroom stacked townhomes and duplexes with 194 parking stalls.
The building design is like most other developments all along East 3rd St. Nothing very innovative.
They advertise this as a “planned” community, but there really is no “community” being planned here.
Amenities are: the “living lane” which is just a curvey, landscaped driveway, where all vehicles need to travel to access the underground parking, as well as some outdoor benches and green pathways throughout the complex.
It may be true that a community is made by the people who live there not the buildings, however this design does not encourage that.
There is no public space for meetings or social functions.
Presumably these units will appeal to families with children. However the design does not address children at all. Where will they play, where is the daycare, school or recreation?
More vehicle trips per day to plug up the roads. The closest shopping is a car trip away if you are buying for a family.
At around $1000 a square foot these will probably only be affordable to well off, double income families. Where’s the diversity? Where are the renters?
If this is an indication of what we can expect for the rest of the 8 ½ acre site. It’s a terrible shame.
A lot of people will be living here, there’s no planning for the ripple out effects this mega project will have to the adjacent neighbourhoods or the whole city.
This is irresponsible development.
What happened to Moodyville?……… It’s now in the hands of the developers and who cares.
We’ve failed her again……. North shore’s historic community deserves better.
Watch video here: (2 minutes) https://youtu.be/GnbmXwwjpYI