Chinatown advocate urging developers to interact with community while planning

A Chinatown advocate wants real estate developers to consider the look and feel of the community when they plan to build towers. Sonny Wong says developers should approach each lot with an open mind and open ears.

“If you believe in the value of community voices, then I think there is tremendous value in asking people in the neighbourhood what kind of building, what kind of structure (and) what the character might be.”

Wong says he wants to see new buildings “renew” the look of Chinatown.

“It’s taking what was part of the past and reimagining what it could be. So allowing the past to inform the future within the character of Chinese culture.”

Vancouver City Council will voting on rezoning 105 Keefer Street next Tuesday. Council will also consider placing height restrictions on buildings in the area. Wong spoke on CKNW’s Steele and Drex.

The full interview can be heard below.

(View published article on the News Talk 980 CKNW.)

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