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Opinion: Yet another Burnaby rental building bites the dust

The city is looking for feedback on its housing strategy
anthem torn down
Machines tear down a rental building on Willingdon.

As the City of Burnaby looks for input on its housing strategy, another long-time rental building in the city has come crashing down.

Photos were posted by Michael Berry about what looks like a three-storey apartment building being torn down in the Metrotown area at 6444 Willingdon Avenue. It's yet another low-rise rental building that offered reasonable rents for people. This has been a major issue on the minds of many Burnaby residents for years as these buildings were bulldozed to make way for towers.

The property is owned by Anthem and the company is planning a residential tower.

“6444 Willingdon is a proposed 43-storey residential condo tower, ideally located in Burnaby’s vibrant Metrotown neighbourhood, providing a point of access to SkyTrain, Central Park and Metropolis at Metrotown,” reads an Anthem post. “Featuring a design forward aesthetic with a classic white pallet and vertical linear banding, the tower will complement the growing Burnaby skyline with a clean architectural design approach. Consisting of 424 homes with at-grade townhomes and an abundance of varying amenities for an active demographic, 6444 Willingdon provides for the next evolution of Metrotown.”

Meanwhile, the City of Burnaby has completed the draft HOME: Burnaby’s Housing + Homelessness Strategy and is now asking for the community’s help in finalizing the strategy. Burnaby residents and other stakeholders will have until June 21, 2021 to review and comment on the draft. A finalized HOME strategy is expected to be submitted to Burnaby City Council this summer.

The HOME strategy examines and addresses challenges and opportunities across the entire housing system – including reducing homelessness. The strategy specifies actions the City can take to improve housing opportunities for the entire community and will guide City decisions on housing for the next 10 years.

The HOME strategy includes directions on areas such as:

  • the range and diversity of housing types required to meet the needs of residents
  • City resources required for affordable housing and homelessness projects
  • housing and services for people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless
  • ways of increasing the number of housing units that are affordable to many income levels

To review the draft HOME strategy and comment visit: