New Developments in Mount Pleasant

(February 27, 2012 )

A proposed highrise development at Kingsway and Broadway is being both praised as a model of sustainable urbanism, and denounced as a way-too-tall monolith that will escalate gentrification in Vancouver’s Mount Pleasant.

Being built by Rize Alliance Properties, the planned 19 storey condo development is one of three sites identified for taller buildings in the new Mount Pleasant Community Plan. 

The Rize project, which will include 241 market condos and a two-storey commercial base, goes to a public hearing tonight at city council. The proposal consists of four distinct buildings of five, five, nine and 19 storeys.

City staff have recommended approval of a rezoning application for the Rize project. But council is expected to get an earful from speakers warning that the development will be a visual blight on the landscape and a threat to what they say is the Main Street area’s low-scale, edgy, bohemian retail culture.

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