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It’s early in the morning, and the Woodward’s atrium is already humming with activity. As people traverse the public amenity attached to Vancouver’s most ambitious mixed-use development, the project’s lead architect, Gregory Henriquez, looks on, beaming. “This is my life’s work,” he says, surveying the town-square-type space bordered by retail outlets and buttressed by wings that house local non-profits, arts organizations, and educational institutions. Looking up, he points to the residential towers visible through large skylights — a mix of social housing, non-market rentals, and high-end condominiums — and happily reports that the community is finally starting to gel. Woodward’s may be coming into its own, but another of Henriquez’s projects — a controversial purpose-built rental tower destined for the West End — isn’t doing as well. Last week, the project proposed for 1401 Comox Street under the City’s controversial Short Term Incentives for Rental (STIR) program, suffered a setback when Mayor Gregor Robertson announced it wouldn’t go forward to a public hearing scheduled for this fall. The delay is intended to allow the City to collect more public input on the project, and to allow Robertson’s new consultation initiative, the 12-person Mayor’s West End Advisory Committee, to get off the ground. Read full article