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万锦于人村民拆迁现转机 有望先建后拆

 

位于万锦市于人村、有将近四分之一华人耆老居住的耆老村Heritage Village的拆除迫迁事件出现转圜余地,在发展商、耆老村居民会、约克郡政府于23日进行三方会谈协商后,得出“先建后拆”的初步结论。

Heritage Village居民会会长贺珀儿(Jeannine Harpell)昨(27)日表示,23日由发展商Minto Developers、于人村居民会(Unionville Home Society),以及约克郡政府共同举行三方会谈,该次会议后同意寻求一项修正计划。

贺珀儿指出,该项修正计划意即让约克郡政府在耆老村西侧停车场的耆老大楼先建,之后现在的耆老村原住户可能可以有最优先的机会,重新安置在该社区内,该项修正计划应该能平息原计划所带来的忧虑与关切。

Heritage Village是位于万锦市Main Street Unionville和Highway 7西北角,该处于人村耆老村内,建物均为木造平房、屋龄近40年、共有91个单位、109人,其中华人住户便占28户,占地至少八英亩。

 

万锦市于人村的耆老村华人住户约占四分之一,管理机构限期搬离并拆屋计划现转圜,会谈结论可望先建、安置、后拆。(本报资料照片)

由于今年6月底时,所有住户在事先毫无征兆的情况下,突然接到管理机构表示,2016年底将全数拆除房屋,让原想安享晚年的所有住户愕然,目前该居民会已透过约克郡议员李国贤、万锦市议员Don Hamilton分别与约克郡政府、发展商Minto进行协商。

在6月29日在管理机构举办“谈谈将来”的餐会中,管理机构对耆老表示,2016年9月所有住户都会接到“租约终止”(termination of lease),即“(房屋)收回通知”(eviction notice),并表示2016年底住户需全数搬离。

管理机构同时表示,2017年春季,耆老们现居的全数平房将全数遭到拆除,因为2020年将在目前耆老居住的平房处西侧约两英亩的停车场处,建起一座约10层楼、可容纳200个单位的建物,届时现有耆老或可列在搬进新建物的优先名单中。

而包括有两位已高龄99岁在内的百余位耆老忧虑,自2016年底至2020年新建物建成期间的四年间,不知何去何从,因为管理机构并未给现居耆老进一步安排,只告诉耆老们可转居至其他老人安养中心,住户们被迫只得自力救济。

Turnaround For Heritage Village Tenants, Building Expected to Be Built Before Demolition

 

The Heritage Village located in Markham has nearly one-fourth Chinese elderly. The matter of eviction has now been turned around. After consultation of the three parties, namely, the developer, the tenant association and the York Municipality on 23rd of this month, a “build before demolition” consensus has been tentatively concluded.

Heritage Village Tenant Association president Jeannine Harpell said yesterday (27th) that on 23rd, the three parties involved, namely, Minto Developers, the Tenant Association(Unionville Home Society), as well as York Municipality held a three-party consultation, and agreed to seek a revised plan after the meeting.

Harpell pointed out that a revised plan means that York Municipality will first build a senior’s apartment building on the west side of the parking lot in Heritage Village, then the current residents of Heritage Village may have the highest priority to settle in the community again. The revised plan should be able to ease the original concerns brought about by the original plan.

Heritage Village is located the northwest corner of Highway No. 7 and Main Street in Markham. It’s mostly wooden flats built around 40 years ago, with a total of 91 units and 109 tenants, including 28 Chinese households. It occupies a land area of at least 8 acres.

 

Among the tenants of Heritage Village in Markham, approximately 1/4 are Chinese households. The management plan of moving tenants out for demolition is now turned around, and the result of negotiation is that it might build a building first to accommodate the tenants before the demolition. (Photo)

By the end of June this year, without any prior warning, all tenants are suddenly told by the management that all existing housing units will be demolished before the end of 2016. This stunned all tenants as they had all intended to enjoy their twilight years here. Currently the Tenant Association has respectively negotiated with York Municipality and the developer Minto through York region counsellor Mr. Li Guoxian and Markham region counsellor Don Hamilton.