A letter writer wishes the Mayor’s Charity Ball success

Gala the lone use for empty building?

Each and every year there is parking allowed in the bowels of the empty building and yet each and every year there are people parked in our complex, wherever they please.

The mayor’s annual charity ball took place at the vacant building across the street from my complex yet again this year.

Annually, we have the rich and well-appointed invited to this event to partake of food and entertainment with proceeds going to charity.

Each and every year there is parking allowed in the bowels of the empty building and yet each and every year there are people parked in our complex, wherever they please.

I do understand this is a charity event and there are many people there, but our complex is private property and parking is restricted to the residents and their visitors. I am sure that the mayor would be most upset if someone parked in her driveway to go to an event or visit with one of her neighbours.

My questions for the mayor and city council are these: The building (104 Avenue Centre, the former Asian Centre) has been here for over 10 years and the only use it happens to get is for the Mayor’s Charity Ball every year. When is it going to be used for its intended purpose? Is it to be used only by the mayor once a year? Who pays for the security guard that is there daily? Who is paying the taxes on this property?

We can’t get an obtrusive Hydro pole moved because the cost would be prohibitive but they can get a light installed for a building that is used once a year. When is the safety of our complex and its approximately 400 residents going to be addressed?

I hope the charity event was successful and I hope that one day soon this building will finally be used for the purpose for which it was intended.


Tracie Woodhams, Surrey

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