Until recently, there has never been any thought of the extremely small lot at 9194 Edward St. (between Rosewood Gardens and Birchwood Retirement Manor) being used for anything other than a small single-family dwelling. Presently, a stone heritage house has been on the lot for many years, presumably omitted inadvertently from inclusion with the remainder of heritage sites in the City of Chilliwack.
Karvin Developments is now proposing the construction of a residential complex on this narrow strip of land.
To place a large oversized apartment complex on this lot would not only require the destruction of the heritage house, but would also require the destruction of all exotic trees and shrubbery on the lot. This is a miniature green belt which refreshes air quality and helps moderate summer temperatures in the area.
The crass removal of trees in urban areas creates a lack of biodiversity and is diametrically opposed to the city’s present policy of planting more trees in urban areas. This project would actually cross the line of legality by erecting a giant, unwieldy structure on a ridiculously-narrow strip of land, thereby reducing the quality of life for residents of both Rosewood Gardens and Birchwood Manor.
To construct a four- to five-storey apartment block on a narrow lot would also eclipse all sunlight from the apartments at Rosewood Gardens and Birchwood Manor. Residents at both buildings are deeply concerned that their quality of life will be greatly diminished with the prospect of far less sunlight, less air flow and diminished property values.
We at Rosewood Gardens are trusting that our local city council will seriously consider halting further large-scale construction attempts on this ridiculously narrow strip of land. In our small way, we, as Chilliwack residents, shall have done our due diligence in fighting climate change and promoting biodiversity.
Raymond Fulford, on behalf of residents of Rosewood Gardens