Brothels, bars and gambling dens were once prolific in Steveston, keeping the community vibrant.
But now Steveston “rolls up the sidewalk at 9 o’clock,” according to a local developer who was advocating for more housing in Steveston Village to revitalize the area, especially in the off-peak months.
Dana Westermark was speaking to city council Monday as they deliberated whether to remove residential uses and reduce the height of buildings on a six-property waterfront strip on the south side of Bayview Street. …
Former city councillor Linda Barnes, also arguing for residential in this area, said she’d been told by the Steveston Business Association that 11 businesses were for sale in the village, emphasizing the need for more residential development to support them.
But Mayor Malcolm Brodie pointed out homes have been added to Steveston Village, from No. 1 Road to the Britannia Shipyards, and the same complaint from merchants is still heard about businesses struggling to make a go of it.
“There are hundreds of residences that were put in as part of the BC Packers project, and yet the same complaint is made before that as after that, during the winter months, the merchants need more support,” Brodie said. …