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The District of North Vancouver plans to build a five storey complex on the Delbrook lands that will see two thirds of the apartments as 400 square foot studio apartments. A Reuters news article suggests that might not be the best idea.
While the focus of the article is on speculation, the article points out that development is being focused on smaller units rather than the family sized units communities need.
Writing about Vancouver and Toronto, the article says:
According to market research firm Urbanation, about 60 percent of units under development in Toronto are studios or one-bedrooms, a complete reversal of the trend before 1990, when nearly 70 percent of units had two or three bedrooms. The condo boom is not meeting the goals of urban planners and Canadian families looking for an affordable alternative to the sky-high prices of detached homes.
The Delbrook Community Association has argued that at five storeys, the complex is too large for the neighbourhood. The DCA has called for at least half of the apartment units in the building to be for families.
The Reuters article can be found here.
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