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City of Vancouver backs down on Commercial-Broadway condo towers, for now

The City of Vancouver is rethinking its proposal to develop condo towers up to 36-storeys high at Commercial and Broadway.

A message sent to community members said that, in response to community feedback, the Grandview-Woodland planning team would not proceed with its proposal for the Broadway and Commercial area.

"We're taking a step back from the proposal we presented in June," said Matt Shillito, assistant director of planning.

"But I want to be clear," he added, "that doesn't mean to say there will be no towers."

The planning team will be renewing community consultations on the Broadway-Commercial section of the proposal starting with a workshop this Saturday, July 6. The event already has 90 people signed up, with more on a wait list.

The team will be scheduling more opportunities to hear feedback from the community, both online and in-person.

The inclusion of high-rise condo towers in the draft community plan came as a surprise to the area's residents. The planning process has been underway for over a year with no previous mention of high-rises.

Many residents have complained about the towers, citing concerns with the impact they would have on the neighbourhood's character and amenities.

Maryse Zeidler is completing a practicum at The Tyee.

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