Mayor Robertson and Council approved an option of taller buildings in Chinatown today, which the Mayor says will help bring new residents and customers for businesses, while preserving the heritage of Chinatown.
"The economic health and well-being of Chinatown is very important to the overall success of Vancouver," said Mayor Robertson. "We have heard clearly from business and community leaders in Chinatown that they want Council to find a balance between protecting the heritage of the neighbourhood, while supporting new development and opportunities for business."
The City has been studying the option of increasing building heights in Chinatown to help revitalize the local economy. Over the past year, city staff have consulted with the public about the heights and style of buildings they would support in Chinatown.
At today’s council meeting, Mayor Robertson supported allowing building heights up to 120 feet, and a limited number of additional buildings up to the height of 150 feet, or roughly 12-15 storeys, within Chinatown. The current maximum height is 90 feet.
"I believe that today’s decision is balanced, and reflects the diversity of opinion in the community," said the Mayor. "We’ve heard loud and clear that people do not want high-rise towers, yet at the same time the status quo cannot continue. Allowing a modest increase in height for buildings will bring new customers to local Chinatown businesses, allow families who want to live in the neighbourhood to move in, and provide a boost to the economy.
"Supporting increased height for these buildings is part of our plan to revitalize the Chinatown economy."