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Concert’s vision for Harbourside moves closer to a reality

Concert is proud to announce the approval of our proposed amendment to the City of North Vancouver’s Official Community Plan. This approval, awarded by the City of North Vancouver at last month’s Public Hearing, allows Concert to move forward with applications to rezone the company’s holding of waterfront lands at Harbourside into a complete mixed-use community; a place to live, work and play all in an attractive and highly-walkable waterfront neighbourhood. Further public consultation will be undertaken as the project moves through the rezoning process.

We would like to thank Council and the community at large for showing their support for our vision of creating a new and special experience for North Vancouver.

The Concert / YMCA Fund for Children

Several years ago Concert and the YMCA of Greater Vancouver formed a unique partnership that allowed for the redevelopment of the original downtown YMCA into the Robert Lee YMCA and Concert’s Patina condominium tower.

As part of this partnership, the YMCA of Greater Vancouver was to share in the profit that resulted from the sale of the condominiums at Patina. While YMCA officials were expecting $1-million to $2-million, Concert was thrilled to ultimately present them with a cheque for $14.6-million at last month’s celebration event.

One percent of the funds provided by this partnership will be allocated to the Concert / YMCA Fund for Children, a part of the endowment fund of the YMCA of Greater Vancouver that will exist in perpetuity and be dedicated to ensuring that all children have access to the programs and services offered by the Y.

Concert rode to conquer cancer once again

On the weekend of June 16, Concert’s team of cyclists made the two-day, 235 kilometre trek from Greater Vancouver to Seattle during the Ride to Conquer Cancer. This is the second year in a row that a Concert team has participated in this amazing event. Thanks to the tremendous generosity of our business partners, friends and staff over $43,000 was raised this year. Combined with last year’s fundraising, we are proud to have generated $150,000 in just two years for the BC Cancer Foundation.

On this epic ride, our team peddled between four and ten hours a day, much of that time in torrential rainfall. Having learned their lesson from last year, the majority of Concert’s 10-person team chose to stay in a hotel this year as opposed to camping. Congratulations and a big thank you to Angela Aron, Jeff Duncan, Lorri Guyot, Dean Johnson, Derek Jones, Dennis Lee, Brian McCauley, Paul McGuire, John McLaughlin and team captain Jonathan Meads on a job well done.

A big thank you goes out to the co-workers and friends of Concert who came out to support our riders along the way. Upon reaching Seattle, the team was once again greeted by Bob Westerman, Executive Vice President of Leisure Care who was waiting with food and beer. Leisure Care is charged with the responsibility of operating Concert’s three Tapestry Retirement Communities across Canada. The team was also fortunate to have enlisted the help of Concert’s very own Bob Petrusa who drove the “team vehicle” (a Chevrolet HHR which spends most of its time as a Concert customer service vehicle) alongside our cyclists in classic Tour de France fashion.


Concert contributes to the Djavad Mowafaghian Child Care Centre

Concert is proud to be donating project management services to the Djavad Mowafaghian Child Care Centre. This 49-space daycare will serve the Children's & Women's Health Centre of BC and accommodate 25 pre-school age children, 12 toddlers and 12 infants. The one-storey, wood-frame building of approximately 7,200 square feet will be built to LEED Gold standards.

“We at Concert take our role as a community builder very seriously,” said Concert’s Chairman and CEO, David Podmore. “We are proud to be donating our services to such a worthwhile community amenity at the province’s largest hospital campus.”

Construction is anticipated to commence this winter. Upon completion in early 2014, the centre will be operated by the YMCA of Greater Vancouver. The project is being funded exclusively from a $4-million-dollar philanthropic donation from the Djavad Mowafaghian Foundation.

   Founded in 1989, Concert specializes in developing rental apartments, condominium homes and retirement communities, acquiring and developing commercial, industrial and infrastructure properties and in property management. With operations in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario and the backing of more than 200,000 Canadians represented by the union and management pension plans who own Concert, our commitment is to build strong, sustainable communities across Canada.

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