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New cell tower planned near Fraser River
Richmond City Hall has issued a development permit allowing a cell tower rivalling heights of Lulu Island's tallest buildings.
Standard Land Company Inc. has won approval to build the structure to a height of 45 metres (148 feet) at 16300 River Rd., an East Richmond address across from the Fraser's North Arm and No. 7 Road Pier Park.
The $300,000 tower will accommodate three carriers: Telus, Rogers and Mobilicity, according to a city staff report.
Standard Land Company first made its application two years ago, but it was referred back to staff for technical revisions. The city finally issued the company a permit June 14.
Although the tower nears the maximum height of buildings in the City Centre—47 metres (150 feet)—new high-rises could surpass it in the future.
In February, city council approved a study of higher buildings in response to a bid from Townline Homes to build taller towers across from Richmond Centre mall. Any increase, however, requires the backing of the Vancouver Airport Authority and Transport Canada, which also must study the idea