An online bank's plan to set up a promotional office inside a shipping container has been denied at city hall in Winnipeg.

The property and development committee ended up in a tie vote, meaning the proposal dies.

Tangerine wanted to place the container on the parking lot at Kildonan Place mall. The container office has staff on site to show customers how to get involved with online banking.

But area councillor Russ Wyatt (Transcona) lobbied against the business over concerns this would simply be a way around paying billboard fees and taxes. Coun. John Orlikow (River Heights – Fort Garry) raised safety issues about the container's location in s parking lot.

An architect for Tangerine said this is a progressive way to market business and says Tangerine would have paid any fees and followed any regulations demanded by the city.

“We’ve been looking at a few great options for our new Winnipeg pop-up location and although recent developments from the Standing Committee on Property and Development mean that Kildonan Place is no longer one of these locations – we look forward to pursuing our other great options in the area,” said Phil Taylor, managing director of physical distribution at Tangerine, in a statement.