The City of Delta has experienced another decrease in its crime severity index (CSI) and continues to be well below the Metro Vancouver national averages.
While the Canadian CSI increased slightly by 1 index point to 72, Delta continued its downward trend to hit its lowest point since the index began.
The overall CSI for Delta remained relatively constant between 2015 and 2016, but saw a decrease in 2017 due to a significant drop in violent crime.
The CSI is a measurement of crime that reflects the relative seriousness of offences. For example, robbery is given more weight in the index compared to disturbing the peace. A low CSI rate is indicative of a safer community.
So far in 2018, crime appears to be levellilng off and as Delta's CSI declines to historic lows, continued reductions will become more difficult.
I have listed a new property at 10532 HOLLY PARK LANE in Surrey.
Have we reached a new height with a listing of a two-bedroom, 880 square foot bungalow for a whopping $14,880,000?
That's a staggering $16,909 per square foot, in a city where luxury homes trade for $2,000 per square foot and up.
Why so much? The home is on an 11,000 square foot beachfront lot on West Vancouver's 'Golden Mile' - Bellevue Ave - and is 1 of the only properties not to have been developed into a mega luxury waterfront home. Yet!
The fact is, the property would be slightly more valuable without the bungalow, as it is pretty much guaranteed that the home will be torn down to build a large house, which is an added cost.
If it makes you feel any better, the last assessment of the property was at $10,252,000, however, the near $15 million price is likely still a little rich for a developer looking to make a profit.
On a similar sized lot just 2 houses away and new, Russell Hollingsworth designed 4,000 square foot luxury home sold last December for $13 million, almost $2 million under asking price.
Almost $15m for this bungalow? We'll See!
Burnaby will be the first city in the province to implement B.C.'s new rental zoning law.
In May, the B.C. government enacted legislation to give municipalities the power to zone properties for rental only developments. This enable municipalities to ensure existing rental properties cannot be redevelped for another use, such as high priced condos. The power is optional for local governments to use, and a city can't use the rental only clause to override existing strata rules that limit rentals in existing buildings.
Burnaby passed a motion asking staff to implement a rental zoning bylaw to ensure that all redevelopment of purpose built rental sites be required to include the replacement of the current number of units within the neighbourhood, and that they be rented at established, affordable rates, and be make available to current tenants.
Steveston Marine & Hardware's Moncton Street location will close its doors at the end of summer after 77 years. The old store is one of the village's iconic, historic buildings, with its elaborate artwork on its outside wall.
Steveston Marine has been struggling in the village for many years, due in part to the decline of the fishing industry.
Rezoning and heritage alteration permit applications are posted on the wall indicating the intention to demolish the building for commercial space at ground level and 5 condos above.
The village used to be a commercial hub for the fishing industry. Now most if it has gone with only a few (if any) sockeye salmon openings for the fishermen these days.
Steveston is essentially a tourist town now with too many big box stores opening up in Richmond as well. It is too tough for Steveston Marine to compete.
The store was originally a general store, called Steveston Hardware which was owned by 2 brothers. In 1974 it was bought by Weston Marine, who inserted 'Marine' into the name and it became a fishing supply store as well.
In 1984, the company went into receivership and Iqbal Ladha took it over.
Ladha hasn't totally closed his mind to the possibiity of the business returning to its roots in the future, with a couple of offers floating around the village.
Ladha mentioned 3 years ago, before he decided to sell the building, how he was thinking of relocating the business elsewhere in Steveston and turning the store into a micro-brewery or small winery, both with tasting rooms.
If you enjoy Vancouver's heritage homes you may want to take note - Granview Heritage Group has just released a map for the 2018 edition of it Centenary Sign Houses project.
The map pinpoints the location of 10 homes in the neighbourhood, along with historical details and the architectural style of each house. Signs are also posted on each of the properties for a year for passerbyers to see.
These houses are all 100 years old or more and up to 24 houses that retain as many of their original features as possible have been selected over the years.
One of the criteria is that the owner has to agree to having a sign on their lawn for a year - which is rarely a problem.
To check out homes from earlier editions of the project click here and select one of the years listed at the top of the page.
There is also a tab for the Grandview database, which features information about more than 5,000 properties, about 1,500 of which no longer exist.
Grab an inner tube and slide down Lonsdale Avenue this weekend as part of the ever popular Slide the City event in North Vancouver.
The 1,000 foot waterslide spans 4 blocks from Victoria Park to 4th Street, and will be open from Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm.
The giant slip-and-slide is part of the Fun City Festival along with other attractions including food trucks and music in Victoria Park. On Saturday, the city's free 'Summer Sessions' concert series is included in Fun City Festival with extended hours frm 5 to 10pm at The Shipyards.
Coco Jafro will perform with food trucks and a beverage garden on site. The event is expected to attract thousands of people and parking will be limited. The City of North Vancouver encourages festival attendees to bike, walk or take transit.