Vancouver City Council will review a rezoning application that seeks approval for a giant, retractable backlit screen at a Public Hearing on Thursday, June 25th. The proposed backlit screen will have time allocated for advertising for Telus products and for promoting other firms that are located on the premises. [Update: Council approved the sign on June 25, 2015 with an 8 to 1 vote, with Councillor Carr opposed]
The City’s staff policy report revealed that 65% of the respondents were opposed to the proposed giant illuminated screen. This feedback is based on the results of an Open House held back in February. Nonetheless Brian Jackson is recommending approval of this application put forward by Henriquez Partners Architects. More details on the proposal can be found in our previous post: Westbank and Telus propose giant illuminated screen on West Georgia. Open House Feb 11th.
Are a number of the components for the screen already installed? Why was any work done prior to the debate at the Public Hearing? F0r reference, we’ve included several photos of the area for a “media screen” on the west face of Telus Gardens.
The eight and final item on the Public Agenda is the giant backlit screen, referred to by the City as the “Telus Gardens – Animated Sign” at 520 West Georgia. The Public Hearing begins at 6pm. Other items on the agenda include a six-storey, 48-unit proposal at 5355-5389 Cambie Street, changes to the zoning and tower shapes for the Burrard Gateway, and separate Heritage Agreements for three different sites (1014 W 14th Avenue, 1938 Ferndale and 3171 W 5th Avenue).