Vancouver has been abuzz lately with a hot debate over whether a controversial new high-rise should join the Mount Pleasant skyline.

This week it was decided the project will go ahead, to a mix of fanfare and disappointment after six nights of public hearings.

The Rize Alliance tower will replace the Lee building at the corner of Main and Broadway as the tallest building in Mount Pleasant.

The project received some flack for its 19 storey height — deemed too high by some locals concerned with preserving the historic and low-key vibe of the neighbourhood. It was also called ugly and intrusive by others.

The Rize project will include 241 condos, and tons of street-level commercial space, and will contribute $6.5 million for the city in community amenity contributions. And fans say the building will go a long way in helping to build the dense, transit-oriented communities that Vancouver desperately needs.

“In the century to come I think we will see this area leading the change and we need to think in the long term and ensure we have lots of housing along the transit routes,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson in a Vancouver Sun article.

But the project didn’t get a solid green light, and some restrictions have been put in place — including suggestions to revamp the appearance to be more visually engaging and street-friendly.

What’s your take on the project? Are you excited to see it go ahead or worried about its potentially negative impact on the ‘hood?

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