Vancouver city council’s decision to transform a portion of the former Olympic Athletes Village into co-op housing for low-income families was undemocratic, represents an inefficient use of taxpayer dollars, and will not benefit those most in need, charged NPA Vancouver Coun. Suzanne Anton.

“This decision shows that the mayor doesn’t believe in democracy,” said Anton, who claimed the resolution involved virtually no public consultation.

Vision Coun. Geoff Meggs disagreed. “We had public consultations in April, and people have had ample time to express their views,” said Meggs, who added that the determination was made with urgency because the city continues to lose money every day the Olympic Village sits vacant.

Initially, 21 housing units will be made available to low-income families under the auspices of the Cooperative Housing Federation of B.C.