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Steveston fishing store to be flattened

The fate of the old Towns Netting and Marine Supplies building—which is now boarded up—in Steveston now rests with city council. - Matthew Hoekstra photo
The fate of the old Towns Netting and Marine Supplies building—which is now boarded up—in Steveston now rests with city council.
— image credit: Matthew Hoekstra photo

A former fishing supplies store that's kitty-corner to Steveston's once-mighty fishing fleet will soon be flattened.

Penta Builders Group won unanimous approval from city council June 25 to demolish the old Towns Netting and Marine Supplies store at 3531 Bayview St., located in Steveston Village across from the Gulf of Georgia Cannery.

The building has been vacant for two years. Last year Cornerstone Architecture applied to rezone the site to allow a three-storey commercial-residential development, but the property has since been sold and the development application withdrawn.

What Penta has planned for the site isn't yet known, as it has yet to submit a rezoning application.

The building isn't designated  heritage by the city, but lies within the Steveston Village Heritage Conservation Area, in which demolitions require council approval.

Penta cited the structure's "deteriorated condition" as the reason to demolish the building, according to a staff report.

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