In response to your Oct. 19 story on the proposed development at 13th Street and Marine Drive (Plans Unveiled for WV's Gateway, North Shore News): I am a resident/ owner in the 1300-block in Ambleside. I am writing to commend Grosvenor property developers for their design of the tiered complex they propose.
I think they have been very thoughtful and considerate of the community and its needs. The proposed design is a good compromise between a 16-storey highrise and a four-storey complex and will make an exciting addition to the block.
Too often, the individual cannot see the bigger picture; I believe the residents of the area should consider the following:
1) It is plain to see for any proud member of the community that the waterfront village of Ambleside is in need of revitalization.
2) Some residents may feel that a seven/eight-storey building will block their views, but as the community is built on a slope, it will have less effect than most realize. All will still have a limited view east to the Lions Gate Bridge and of sunsets to the west. The proposed development will be a welcome view in itself.
Residents should be reminded that district council has struggled to keep property taxes down for the last few years, but they cannot continue to do this as demands for maintenance of infrastructure increase. The community will need to broaden its tax base - by increased development, both residential and commercial - if it wants to protect the residential taxpayer from exorbitant increases.
Let's give our council some credit; they know what they are doing!
Colleen Walker West Vancouver
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