Setting the Record Straight

2018 June 21

June 21, 2018

Dear Friends –

The past 48 hours have been emotional ones for the entire Kettle Boffo family. We have been overwhelmed with calls, emails, tweets, Facebook posts and Instagram comments that share our disappointment and offer kind words of support. We are so grateful to be part of a community that cared so much about our project and was as invested in its success as we were. We cannot say thank you enough.

This outpouring of support has also reminded our team of just how important it is for changes to take place so that projects similar to ours can actually succeed in the future. We will be directing our shared energies – as development partners yesterday, and close friends today – towards sharing what we have learned with other non-profit organizations and real estate developers who share our commitment to community, inclusivity and the Grandview Woodlands neighborhood

Setting the record straight

For all the expressions of support we have received, we have also heard comments from critics of our decision. We thought it was important to reach out to you, our supporters, to set the record straight.


Our main reason for deciding not to proceed with our project was that the City of Vancouver required, in addition to Community Amenity Contributions (CAC) that included 30 units of supportive housing, a new 12,000 square foot Kettle Drop-In Centre, over $2 million in transitional costs to maintain Kettle’s operations during construction, and more – an additional cash community amenity contribution of between $6 and $16 million. The additional cost rendered the project financially unviable and, for this reason, we were unable to proceed.

In responding to our decision, the City of Vancouver said that a rezoning application was necessary for negotiations on CACs to begin. However, it is important to note that following five years of pre-application work alongside the Grandview Woodland community planning process, we also participated in the City’s standard rigorous rezoning pre-application process for nearly two years. In this process, the City reviews everything from urban design to view corridors, programming requirements to delivery of community amenities, and more.

As part of this process, our partnership submitted a formal Letter of Enquiry package, participated in dozens of meetings, a cross-departmental review of our March 1, 2017 draft rezoning application package, multiple pro forma (project financial plan) reviews, and advanced negotiations on CACs. These meetings and activities are all a matter of public record.


It was during these negotiations that it became clear that the City would not consider a rezoning without an additional multi-million cash CAC contribution, one that rendered the project financially unviable. The rationale for submitting a rezoning application under these circumstances simply was not there.

The City of Vancouver also asserted in its statement on our decision that it offered us “up to $12 million in grants to allow Kettle to own the Welcome Centre and affordable housing,” and that these grants would have been deducted from Boffo’s required CAC contribution. This is not accurate. The partnership was not offered $12 million in municipal grants.

Moving on

We thought it was important to set the record straight on these issues.

Now, our goal is to open up and encourage a conversation in Vancouver about the barriers that stand in the way of innovative partnerships like ours from becoming a reality. Our hope is that the City of Vancouver will join us in this conversation, and work with us and other projects in the city on solutions to help address Vancouver’s ongoing housing crisis – particularly for our most vulnerable citizens.

Yours sincerely,

Nancy Keough and Daniel Boffo

More Articles
Kettle Boffo blog placeholder image

Message to Supporters

2018 June 19

June 19, 2018 Dear Kettle Boffo Project supporter – It is with a heavy heart that The Kettle Society and Boffo Properties share some very sad news with you today. Boffo and The Kettle have decided that we will not be moving forward with our proposed project at Commercial and Venables. The reason for ourRead More 

Kettle Boffo blog placeholder image

Letter to Council

Dear Mayor and Council – I am writing to you today to share some very disappointing news that will impact the most vulnerable residents of our community. The Kettle Society and Boffo Properties have decided not to submit a rezoning application for our project, and will not be moving forward with our proposed project atRead More 

Kettle Boffo blog placeholder image

Grandview Woodland Plan Approved

2016 August 6

On July 28th Vancouver City Council approved the Grandview-Woodland Plan. We are very pleased the plan has been approved and more specifically that the plan includes an amendment to consider up to 12 storeys at Commercial and Venables to fill a funding gap. We thank City Council for their time listening to speakers and CityRead More 

Kettle Boffo blog placeholder image

Draft Grandview Woodland Plan Released

2016 June 28

This past Saturday, June 25, the draft Grandview-Woodland Community Plan was released online for public comment. The Kettle Boffo team is pleased to have a draft plan for the public to review after years of hard work by the City of Vancouver and community members alike. While we’re disappointed with the draft plan’s recommendations forRead More 

Kettle Boffo blog placeholder image

An Open Letter In Support of Kettle Boffo Partnership

2016 June 9

An Open Letter to City of Vancouver Mayor, Councillors and Community: Vancouver is facing a housing crisis. Vacancy rates are low, new homes are in short supply, and affordability has become a major issue for renters and homeowners across the housing spectrum. Nowhere is the housing crisis more urgent or the need more desperate, thanRead More 

Buttons Social Media Photos (17)

YES to Inclusive Communities

2016 March 31

With our partnership with The Kettle Society, we’re hoping to expand the social services and market housing in Grandview Woodlands. Together we’re hoping to create a more inclusive community. Show your support for our proposed vision at Commercial and Venables with a handmade East Van style button and say YES to inclusive communities in GrandviewRead More 


Renderings of our vision for Commercial + Venables

2016 March 3

On Thursday February 25th 2016 together The Kettle Society and Boffo Properties jointly released renderings of our vision for Commercial and Venables. Our goal is to create an inclusive community with a mix of market and supportive housing, public gathering space and a new Kettle Centre. For more information, visit www.kettleboffo.com/renderings to see different streetRead More 

HAR15-009_2015 Snow Globe Campaign_Website

Get Snow Globed This Holiday Season

2015 December 2

This holiday season, have some fun in your own giant snow globe all for a great cause. The Kettle Society is launching its annual Get Snow Globed campaign at Harbour Centre and Vancouver Lookout – step inside the giant snow globe and smile for the camera. Haven’t you always wondered what it’d be like toRead More 


The Kettle Society Presents Art Against Stigma

2015 October 30

WHAT: The Kettle Society’s Art Against Stigma is a gallery style art show and sale, which will be taking place as part of the 19th Annual Eastside Culture Crawl 2015. Art Against Stigma will feature more than a thousand pieces of art created by local artists living with a mental health disability. All works areRead More 

I support the Kettle Boffo Project.

By adding your name, you’re showing your support for more supportive housing in Grandview-Woodland, and for a welcoming, diverse and inclusive community.

The Kettle Society and Boffo Properties are working together to build a stronger and more compassionate community that offers a range of housing options, along with additional retail and public gathering spaces.

Show your support today and make your voice heard.

Want to learn more about the project? Contact us anytime.