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The following is an excerpt from my final research project in the SFU Urban Studies program. If you’re interested in Main Street Skytrain Station, the neighbourhood around it, or the history of land-use planning policies in eastern False Creek, you’ll love this series!

The Development

The rezoning by-law for City Gate was enacted by the City in 1990, and the site was rezoned to CD-1, or comprehensive development suitable for mixed residential and commercial uses. The permit allowed up to a maximum of 1,018 residential dwelling units including 25 percent dedicated for social housing. The total floor area granted for residential uses was 122,532 square meters (1.3 million square feet).

The development application for City Gate marked the beginning of a post-Expo transformation that was occurring at the same time in north False Creek. It was a very high-density project for the area [and at that time], which now fully…

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