Steveston’s Phoenix Net Loft demolished or redesignated?

What do you think the city of Richmond should do?

Phoenix Net Loft located at the bottom of Phoenix Road in Steveston may meet its demise. The building originally owned by BC Packers Cannery is slowly showing signs of collapse. Since 2001, when the building was donated to the city of Richmond, it has been mainly used for storage.

The city is uncertain as to whether they should destroy the building at a cost of $450,000 or restore and repair it at a cost of $1 to 3 million. There is much potential and opportunity for the building should it be restored. The net loft could serve as a monument of the west coast fishing industry as it is the last standing BC Packers’ building, and has potential to be used for: exhibition space, artists’ studios, performance theatre, storage for watersports, educational purposes, or commercial use.

Where do you stand? Should they demolish the Phoenix Net Loft? Or should they maintain not only its history, but create an opportunity for those who live in Steveston and visitors to the area to  access this building in a new  way?

Share your thoughts with:
Robert Kates
Richmond Real Estate Services Manager
6911 No. 3 Road,
Richmond, B.C. V6Y 2C1
or email him at

Read full article or learn more about the Phoenix Net Loft here.


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