New old look gets nod from Langley Township council
An overhauled design for a new two-storey, heritage-style office complex for the western entrance to Fort Langley has won acceptance by Langley Township councillors.
In January, a majority of Township councillors complained the exterior of the building plans for the 23100 block of 96 Avenue didn’t look old enough.
On Monday, March 4, architect Gordon Klassen returned to council with a new old-style look that he said would be a better fit with Fort Langley.
Among the changes, Klassen switched to “heritage industrial-type glazing” to make the windows look older, added windows to the bottom floor and reduced the number of pillars, something a critical councillor Charlie Fox had complained were not appropriate for the era the building was supposed to be imitating.
“We feel that we’ve addressed these issues,” Klassen said.
The revised plans won an unanimous vote of support from council.
“You’ve done an amazing job,” Fox said. “In a way, I’m glad I challenged you.”
Councillor Michelle Sparrow called the project “beautiful.”
Note: an earlier version of this story incorrectly identified an image of the original, rejected design as the revised version.