What about a downtown grocery store?

Vancouver's downtown core is slowly increasing in density yet it has limited accessible options for healthy groceries to sustain families (i.e., food desert).  What role can city council play to incentivize a full service but high quality grocery store to locate walkable to the downtown core?

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This is a vital issue for downtown Vancouver.  I personally want to walk to a New Seasons, Green Zebra or Trader Joe's near my home.  I support providing a free lease for 5 years in a multi-use Block 10 building and fee waivers for that portion of the project.  Most importantly, we must continue to build residential density that will be the ultimate criteria a private grocery store uses to make the decision to locate in downtown.

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