Concord Pacific land assessment outrages residents
9 acres of prime waterfront property assessed at $1
Some residents in Vancouver’s False Creek neighbourhood say they’re outraged the value of acres of prime waterfront property has dropped to a dollar.
Concord Pacific has promised to develop a nine-acre parcel of land east of The Plaza of Nations into a park and transfer it to the city.
But residents appealed a $400,000 assessment because they say the company currently makes substantial revenue from the property through parking and events like Cirque du Soleil.
Fern Jeffries with the False Creek Residents Association says not only did the appeal fail, the assessment has now been dropped from $400,000 to $1.
"It makes a mockery out of the whole system," she said.
Jeffries says her group can't challenge the ruling without help from the city.
"This is a great opportunity for the city to show some leadership."
Former COPE Coun. Tim Louis represented the group before the Property Assessment Appeal Board.
"One of Canada's richest corporations will now be paying absolutely nothing in taxes on a piece of waterfront property that is larger than your house, my house and 10 other houses put together."
The appeal board agreed the land was actually worth more like $12 million, but deducted the $17 million Concord estimates park improvements will cost.
Louis says the park is supposed to be part of Concord's swap for increased density, not a tax write-off.
In a written statement, Concord says development were put on hold because of the 2010 Winter Olympics.
"The development was put on hold as staging area for the Olympics but we are now very excited to see the city is moving ahead in the planning of the area," the statement said.
"We will be working with the city and the neighbourhood to plan this last large parcel on False Creek North to be the most robust neighbourhood development to come to downtown Vancouver over the next decade."
With files from the CBC's Jason Proctor. You can follow him on twitter @proctor_jason