First Baptist Church development (Burrard & Nelson, downtown): Open House Sept. 15 (Tues) 5-8 pm, with Westbank, Bing Thom. Plus 60-storey tower proposed on same block.

First Baptist Westbank Bing Thom property Vanmap 14-Sep-2015aSome major changes are in the works for the city block from the corner of Burrard and Nelson up to Thurlow Street, downtown Vancouver.

First Baptist Church (north-west corner of Burrard and Nelson, downtown Vancouver) along with Westbank and Bing Thom Architects, are holding a meeting on Tuesday, September 15, 2015, to present their redevelopment proposal for 969 Burrard Street, and 1019, 1021, 1025, and 1045 Nelson Street. What is coming? This appears to be closely related to another proposal, for a 60 storey luxury condo tower at 1075 Nelson. Below is text of the invitation posted online on the church’s website, with separate photos images of what appears to be in the works for the adjacent site at 1075 Nelson.

Please Join Us
[Invitation from First Baptist Church]
First Baptist Church, along with its project team, is pleased to invite you to a Public Information Session for the historic property.

Open House Details
Date: Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Time: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm (drop-in)
Place: First Baptist Church – Pinder Hall, 969 Burrard Street, Vancouver

First Baptist Church, with their partner Westbank, and Bing Thom Architects, intends to apply to rezone their property located at 969 Burrard Street, and 1019, 1021, 1025, and 1045 Nelson Street.

We welcome you to join us in a conversation about city and community building as we share our vision for this historic Church and its property. Our open house material will outline how our proposal aligns with the City’s West End Community Plan.

For more information, please contact:
Sophie Perndl, Brook Pooni Associates
t. 604.731.9053 x 114

If you cannot make it to the session, we invite you to visit [First Baptist Church website] where open house material will be posted. Please submit your feedback via email to before September 30, 2015.

This is not a City of Vancouver event. If a rezoning application is subsequently submitted to the City, there will be on official City-led public consultation process including a City-hosted open house with a detailed description of the application complete with a scale model.

Logos of First Baptist, Bing Thom Architects, Westbank


WEN notes that there have been prior hints that some development is in the works.  Images and related article about a proposed adjacent development at 1075 Nelson follow …

Image: IBI Group / Nick Milkovich Architects / Chris Doray Studio Inc.

Image: IBI Group / Nick Milkovich Architects / Chris Doray Studio Inc.

Image: IBI Group / Nick Milkovich Architects / Chris Doray Studio Inc.

Image: IBI Group / Nick Milkovich Architects / Chris Doray Studio Inc.


Here is a link to an online story with VanCityBuzz, but note that it relates to 1075 Nelson, which is just slightly west of the subject site referred to above.

60-storey pixelated skyscraper proposed for downtown Vancouver
(July 7, 2015, by Kenneth Chan, VanCityBuzz)

Excerpts: A new proposed development for downtown Vancouver’s West End neighbourhood could provide the skyline with a pixelated touch.

A 60-storey residential building, dubbed ‘Nelson on the Park’ by project proponents, is planned for 1075 Nelson Street – just metres away from Nelson Park and a half-block’s distance from First Baptist Church. The proposal lies within the municipal government’s West End Community Plan’s 550 foot height limit, allowing the project to eclipse the height of the nearby One Wall Centre.

Few details are known about the project at this time but renderings have been published on the website of the 2015 World Architecture Festival, to be held in Singapore this November. The renderings show a slender, rectangular-shaped tower topped off by a large rooftop pool with a pixelated roof structure that provides an aesthetic transition into the sky.

The tower is designed by Singaporean-born designer Chris Doray, who is based in Vancouver and previously worked with Bing Thom Architects, as well as Vancouver-based Nick Milkovich Architects and IBI Group. The project is being spearheaded by the Wall Financial Corporation.

Another major tower development is also slated for the eastern end of the block on the parking lot of First Baptist Church. It is a revenue sharing project between Westbank Projects Corporation and the historic church, which will be seismically-upgraded, renovated and restored as an integral part of the project.

The church tower is said to be an iconic design by Bing Thom and will include rental housing and market residential units.

Both towers have not reached the formal application and rezoning stages with the City of Vancouver. 

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