30-storey Chinatown development put on hold until spring

Calgary city council has decided to delay a decision on a development that would see construction of a building twice the currently allowed maximum height in Chinatown.

Calgary city council needs more information on the proposal

A group of residents of Chinatown held a protest outside city hall on Monday prior to city council's decision on a proposed new tall building. That decision has been put off until April. (Evelyne Asselin/CBC)

Calgary city council has decided to put off a decision on a proposal for a building in Chinatown that could see construction of a building twice the currently allowed maximum height in Chinatown.

The Chinatown Business Revitalization Zone (BRZ) has come out against the proposed redesignation of a parking lot on Second Avenue southwest.

The proposal is for a 30-storey development.

Terry Wong, the executive director of of the BRZ, says residents and businesses have not received enough information about what the development is all about. (Evelyne Asselin/CBC)

Terry Wong, the executive director of of the BRZ, along with a few dozen others, held an information session along downtown streets Monday morning, just before the council meeting started.

"The principal concern that Chinatown residents have and the businesses have is we have not received enough information about what the development is all about," said Wong.

"If you're going to change policy, it would be wise to consult both the stakeholders in the area as well as council."

A few dozen residents of Chinatown held an information protest downtown Monday just before Calgary city council voted to table a proposal for a 30-storey building. (Evelyne Asselin/CBC)

Wong says the area residents are not opposed to density or growth or revitalization but they want to be consulted.

He says the current maximum height in Chinatown is about 15 storeys and that there are no buildings that tall.

 The city's chief planner Rollin Stanley said administration will work with the developer on the proposal. 

Council will discuss the proposal again in April.


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