VANCOUVER The Non-Partisan Association would allocate more city money to the long-delayed Killarney seniors centre than Vision Vancouver if elected, the civic party announced Monday.
It accused Vision Vancouver of "reneging" on its promise to spend $3.7 million to build a 10,000 square-foot facility to serve about 27,000 seniors in southeast Vancouver.
The Vision Vancouver dominated council expects to spend $2.5 million plus land on the facility. It promised an extra $1.2 million for the project in January, but Coun. Raymond Louie said that is no longer necessary because the province came to the table in April with $1.2 million to fill the gap.
The city believes it can build the facility seniors want including an elevator and a kitchen with $7.5 million ($2.5 million from the city, province and federal governments), Louie said.
"If you can pay less for the same facility, wouldn't you want that for your taxpayers?" Louie said, calling the NPA announcement "misinformation to scare the seniors."
The park board hired a consultant to work with seniors in the community on design specifications. The consultant started last week and is expected to meet with community members soon.
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