Letter to Tri-City News by Felix Thijssen, Coquitlam
It seems Bonita Zarrillo is the only city councillor in Coquitlam who has not yet sold out to the breakneck redevelopment of 50-year-old affordable rental complexes. The cost to the human beings living there is of little concern.
Let’s start with deceptive numbers: Yes, 98 existing units will be replaced by 135 new ones, but only 20 of these are “below market” — i.e., affordable. Currently, all 98 are. This proportion holds for all projects in Coquitlam, meaning a huge net loss for affordability.