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Vancouver city council approves iconic 52-storey tower next to Granville St. bridge

Vancouver city council has approved an iconic, twisting tower for the corner of Beach and Howe streets.

The vote was unanimous on city council.

The massive development features 600 units, commercial space and public amenity space under the Granville Street bridge. The tower portion be 52 storeys tall, along with several low rise buildings adjacent to the bridge.

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The residential portion of the development will be a mix of ownership and rental housing.

The development is the first project in Vancouver designed by Bjarke Ingels Group, a word-renowned Danish architectural studio. It will be developed by Westbank, who are also developing the new Telus headquarters and condo project at West Georgia St. and Richards St.

The official twitter account for the project says the building will be a city landmark.

Credit: Bjarke Ingels Group.
Credit: Bjarke Ingels Group.
Credit: Bjarke Ingels Group.
Credit: Bjarke Ingels Group.
Credit: Bjarke Ingels Group.

Some speakers at last night’s meeting expressed concerns about increased traffic and shadows cast by the tower.

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According to the website CityHallWatch, 80 per cent of the land that the tower will be built on is owned by the City of Vancouver.