13-Storey Hotel Planned for Edward Chapman Site Downtown

Executive Group Development has applied to the City of Vancouver for permission to develop the old Edward Chapman site at 833 West Pender Street with a 13-storey hotel. This is the first hotel to be built in the downtown core since the Coast Coal Harbour Hotel completed in 2010.

The unusually small 52′ x 120′ site was acquired by Executive Group late last year for $19,000,000 ($298 per buildable SF) and had since been rumoured for the hotel development in conjunction with a portion of the adjacent Exchange Building being converted to hotel use as well.

The proposal includes the following:

  • 106 hotel rooms (9 rooms per floor)
  • Restaurant on the ground floor;
  • Building height of approximately 153.7 ft;
  • A total density of 10.2 FSR;
  • Total floor area of 63,865 SF; and
  • 9 underground valet parking spaces accessed from the lane.

833 W Pender_1833 W Pender_2 833 W PenderThe proposed building requires a variance for the number of parking stalls being provided underground.

Under the site’s existing DD zoning, the application is “conditional” so it may be permitted; however, it requires the decision of the Development Permit Board.

The architect for the project is Studio One Architecture.

Rezoning Plans Unveiled for Catholic Charities Site

Amacon‘s formal rezoning application has been submitted to the City of Vancouver for a 24,289  SF land assembly at Robson between Cambie and Beatty that includes the Catholic Charities Men’s Hostel and the commercial building at 118 Robson Street (home to the bar/restaurant now known as ‘Back Forty’).

The plan calls for rezoning from DD to CD-1 to redevelop the site with a 29-storey mixed-use development and 6-storey podium, including:

  • Retention and restoration of the existing Northern Electric Building facade;
  • Hotel, commercial and residential uses, including 131 residential units;
  • 42 one-bedroom units, 71 two-bedrooms and 18 three-bedrooms;
  • Five levels of underground parking
  • A total density of 10.08 FSR; and
  • A building height of 290 ft.

150 Robson150 Robson_1 150 Robson_2The application describes the design rationale:

“The existing peripheral structure and complete envelope of the building will be preserved
and restored to strict heritage conservation guidelines outlined in the conservation plan. The interior of the building, which has little heritage value left, will be replaced with new construction: hotel rooms on the second and third floors; and hotel restaurant and hotel coffee shop on the ground floor, along Robson Street.”

New shelter space will be provided for the existing Catholic Charities shelter, as part of the agreement between the developer and Catholic Charities. This rezoning application is being considered under the Rezoning Policy for the Central Business District (CBD) and CBD Shoulder.

The architect for the project is GBL Architecture.

Portion of Exchange Building Now Slated for Hotel

In an interesting move, 10 floors of the Exchange Building are being converted to hotel use instead of office use. This comes as Executive Group has acquired the adjacent Edward Chapman property at 833 West Pender, with soon to be released plans for a hotel on the site.

A development application has been submitted for The Exchange Building to allow:

  • conversion of office use to hotel on floors 2 through 11
  • 110,000 SF of the building will be converted

475 Howe_1Under the site’s existing CD-1 (555) zoning, the application is “conditional” so it may be permitted; however, it requires the decision of the Director of Planning.

Richmond’s International Trade Centre Project Closer to Reality

MYIE Group is forging ahead with plans for a site in the Bridgeport Area of Richmond that has been on the drawing board. They have now applied for a development permit for the proposed International Trade Centre. The project was originally conceived several years ago and recieved rezoning in 2013.

The site is a triangular, 71,350 SF piece of land at 8451 Bridgeport Road. The proposed uses include general retail, restaurant, hotel and office. The plan includes:

  • A total density of 3.0 FAR (215,000 SF)
  • Three towers of 9, 12 (office) and 14-storeys (hotel) with a common five-storey podium including retail
  • Approximately 100 hotel rooms (Opus Hotel, managed by Trilogy)

In an effort to capitalize on the overwhelming success of Aberdeen Square, the office space will be strata-titled and sold. The developer is taking registrations through Magnum Projects.

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Richmond Mulls Trade Centre Project

The so-called International Trade Centre at Versante could bring 214,008 square feet of new commercial, hotel and office space to North Richmond, according to a report presented Tuesday at city hall.

Marketed as “Richmond’s next epicentre of business,” the proposed development consists of three towers—nine, 12 and 14 storeys—and a common five-storey podium. Included in the project is a 110-room hotel.

The proposal comes from Hotel Versante Ltd., which is seeking to rezone a 0.7-hectare (1.6-acre) triangular site at 8451 Bridgeport Rd. to build it. City council’s planning committee considered the project this week, 14 years after council approved a previous rezoning application that’s now being abandoned.

The site is located in Bridgeport Village, near the Airport Connector Bridge and next to Duck Island, where a multi-phase development of retail, entertainment, office, hotel and conference uses is in the early planning stages.

Read more: http://www.richmondreview.com/business/230718231.html

Holborn’s 1153 West Georgia Project to be Branded Trump

From the press release:

VANCOUVER, June 19, 2013 /CNW/ – Holborn Group and TA Global Bhd. today confirmed plans to welcome the city’s first Trump development, Trump International Hotel & Tower Vancouver®. Situated on Georgia Street in Downtown Vancouver’s Coal Harbour, the premium $360-million Arthur Erickson-designed tower will include a world-class hotel and residences.

In addition to 147 guest rooms, the luxury hotel will include a Champagne lounge, signature restaurant, Trump Spa, and banquet and conference centre. It will also be home to Vancouver’s first pool bar nightclub. Above the hotel will be 218 stylish residences, offering residents spectacular views of the North Shore and beyond. When completed, the twisting tower will stand at 616 feet (63 storeys).

The original twisting design of the tower maximizes the window features and views in every suite, making each unit distinctive, with no two views exactly alike. Attention to detail and personalized service will further differentiate the development. Residences will range from 644 to 2,117 square feet with the penthouses between 3,500 and 4,400 square feet.

Official announcement regarding Trump International Hotel and Tower streaming live at 1:30pm today on CTV.

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Best Western Plus Abercorn Inn, Richmond Sold

The Best Western Plus Abercorn Inn located at 9260 Bridgeport Road has sold. The 99 room hotel is located on the South side of Bridgeport directly across from Costco. The hotel sold for $13,492,000, or $136,000 per room.The building was built in the 80’s but was fully renovated in 2011. Colliers’ Hotel group brokered the deal.

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