Large development coming to Quebec & 1st (18, 15, 15, 14, 12 storeys) Concert Properties – Open House Oct 17 (2013)

1551 Quebec 1600 Ontario 95 East 1st concept imageMEGA Rezoning Application – 1551 Quebec Street, 1600 Ontario Street, and 95 East 1st Avenue. Official web page here. [Followup: This application was approved by Council at a Regular Council meeting on June 10, 2014.]

An open house will be held on October 17 by developer Concert Properties for this major development in the Southeast False Creek (SEFC) Official Development Plan (ODP) to permit this neighbourhood development: 

  • five residential buildings consisting of one 18-storey building, two 15-storey buildings, one 14-storey building, and one 12-storey building; (one tower is to be owned by the City of Vancouver) 
  • a total floor area of 58,020 m² (624,522 sq. ft.) including 48,272 m² (519,595 sq. ft.) of market residential in four buildings and 9,748 m² (104,927 sq. ft.) of non-market “affordable” rental floor area
  • a waterfront park, greenway/bikeway paths, an internal street network.

Open House 1551 Quebec 1600 Ontario 95 East 1st color map
5 to 8 pm, Thursday, October 17, 2013
Science World, BMO Sustainability Gallery (1455 Quebec Street)
Applicant team and City staff will answer questions.

The application is to rezone areas 3A and 3B from M-2 to CD-1 (Comprehensive Development) District. You can provide comments by filling out the online feedback form.

The proposed 18-storey tower (53.35m) is higher than the height anticipated for the area. The current SEFC official development plan only allows buildings of up to 44.35m (with top two floors as penthouse storeys above 38.1m):
SEFC ODP heightsSEFC ODP basin

Download the Open House notice card here.

Site map

1551 Quebec 1600 Ontario 95 East 1st Site Map


City Contact: Grant Miller, Rezoning Planner,, 604.873.7484

Applicant Contact: Craig Watters, Concert Properties Ltd., 604.688.1321


Concert was established in 1989 with a mandate to provide economically priced rental housing in British Columbia. This unique partnership involving the City of Vancouver, the Province of British Columbia, union and management pension funds and private investors was initiated with a start-up capitalization of $27 million….. Today, Concert is a 100 per cent pension fund owned real estate corporation with activities in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario.  See more details here.


Executive management includes David R. Podmore (Chairman and CEO), Brian McCauley (President and COO), and John McLaughlin (CFO).

David Podmore is the former chairman of PavCo (B.C. Pavilion Corp), responsible for the $514 million roof & renovation of BC Place: Podmore resigns as PavCo prepares to shift gears from construction business (Jeff Lee, Vancouver Sun, Aug 14, 2012)

Concert is exclusively owned by these union and management pension funds.

  • Boilermakers’ Pension Trust Fund
  • Bricklayers and Masons Pension Plan
  • Carpentry Workers’ Pension Plan of B.C.
  • Ceramic Tile Workers Pension Plan
  • Electrical Workers Local 213 Pension Plan
  • Floorlayers Industry Pension Plan
  • Heat & Frost Local Union 118 Pension Plan
  • IWA – Forest Industry Pension Plan
  • British Columbia Labourers Pension Plan
  • Marine and Shipbuilders Local 506 Pension Plan
  • Operating Engineers Pension Plan
  • Piledrivers, Divers, Bridge, Dock & Wharf Builders Pension Plan
  • The Plumbers Union Local 170 Pension Plan
  • Pulp and Paper Industry Pension Plan
  • Shopworkers Industrial Union Local 1928 Pension Plan
  • Teamsters (Local 213) Pension Plan
  • Teamsters Canadian Pension Plan
  • Telecommunication Workers Pension Plan
  • United Food and Commercial Workers Union Pension Plan


Concert’s Board of Directors is elected annually from representatives nominated by the union and management pension plans they represent. The current members of the Board are:

David R. Podmore
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Concert Properties Ltd. and Concert Real Estate Corporation

Garnet Andrews
Director, Investment Management
TELUS Corporation

Walter Canta
Teamsters Local 213

Brian Cochrane
Business Manager
Union of Operating Engineers, Local 115

Kent Elliott
Pulp and Paper Industry Pension Plan

Gerry J. Forcier
Pipefitters Local 170 Pension Plan

Robert Gardner
Senior Vice-President & Treasurer
TELUS Corporation

Leif Hansen
United Food and Commercial Workers Union Pension Plan

Ivan Limpright
United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 1518

Robert Matters
United Steelworkers Wood Council

Brian McCauley
President & Chief Operating Officer
Concert Properties Ltd. and Concert Real Estate Corporation

Carol Nagy
Telecommunications Workers Union

John Pesa
IBEW Pension Plan

Lee Riggs
Telecommunications Workers Union

David Schaub
National Representative
Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada

Anthony A. Tennessy
Pacific Tower Investments Inc.

Bryan Wall
United Food and Commercial Workers Union Pension Plan

Chris Wasilenchuk
CMAW Local 1995

Rezoning Info Sign

The heights of the proposed buildings are not listed on the posted rezoning information sign (above); neither is there any information about the density (FSR) or is there mention of the October 17th Open House.

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