Vancouver City Council takes summer break until September

Jul 28 2017, 12:43 am

Just as politics in British Columbia was getting interesting, the City of Vancouver’s lawmakers are taking a break.

As usual, there’ll be no more Council meetings until September, as everyone gets time to enjoy their summer.

The last regular Council meeting before the summer break took place on Wednesday, and saw councillors approve a new 57-storey tower in the West End.

The tower will be constructed next to the historic First Baptist Church at the northwest corner of Burrard Street and Nelson Street.

It will house 331 market residential units and a seven-storey podium building with 61 units of social housing on a vacant parking lot next to the church.

The church partnered with local developer Westbank and the namesake architectural firm of Bing Thom, who died suddenly last fall.

In exchange for developing its vacant parking site, Westbank will restore and seismically upgrade the stone church, which was built in 1911.

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