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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Old Plaza 500 Hotel May Turn Into Rental Suites

Old Plaza 500 Hotel may turn into rental suites.

The former Plaza 500 Hotel and Convention Centre on West 12th will likely be converted to rental apartments. In an email to the Courier, Nancy Eng, communications coordinator for the City of Vancouver, confirmed an application by development consultant Brook Pooni Associates to convert floors three to 17 into rental units has been approved by the city subject to conditions. If approved, the second floor will also be converted — from hotel use to office space.

The iconic property, kitty corner to city hall, was home to the Plaza 500 for decades but closed several years ago. It was later announced the property would become part of the Indigo chain, operated by InterContinental Hotels Group, which also manages Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza hotels.

With Hotel Plan Gone, Onni Favours Offices

With hotel plan gone, Onni favours offices.

At first it was going to be a hotel, then the plan was to build an office tower.

Now Port Moody residents will get their say on a major development slated for the Suter Brook site at an upcoming public hearing.

The Onni Development Corp. has applied for a land-use contract amendment that would allow the company to build a nine-storey office tower at 220 Brew St., on the south side of Suter Brook Way where it meets Ioco Road.