West End’s 42-storey Empire Landmark Hotel to be demolished, two towers built (28 & 30 storeys)

entrance-credit-empire-landmark-hotelTwo towers (28 and 30 storeys) are being proposed to take the place of what is now the 42-storey Empire Landmark Hotel at 1400 Robson Street.

This is another outcome of mass rezoning of sections of our community (lower Davie and lower Robson) shortly after the West End Community Plan was adopted by City Council in 2013. The application goes straight to the City’s internal “Development Permit Board” for approval. The public may address the DPB, but there is no public hearing, no chance to address elected officials.

Here is information from the DPB listing of upcoming meetings.
Address: 1400 Robson Street
Application no: DP-2016-00376
Applicant: Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership
Description: To develop the site with a 28 and 30 storey mixed use building that includes 280 dwelling units (223 market/57 social housing), retail use on ground floor, and office use on the second floor all over four levels of underground parking accessed from the lane. There is also a 10% heritage density transfer.
Contact: Lisa King 604.873.7642
DPB date: December 12, 2016

Here are some extra points from the Daily Hive story (Kenneth Chan writing for Daily Hive broke the news yesterday with “42-storey Empire Landmark Hotel in downtown Vancouver to be demolished.”):

  • When it was completed in 1973, the Empire Landmark Hotel (formerly the Sheraton Landmark Hotel) on Robson Street became one of Vancouver’s tallest buildings (42-storeys, 394 feet tall).
  • Hong Kong-based international luxury residential development company Asia Standard International Group are the owners of the site.
  • If approved, demolition could begin in 2017. A rezoning application is not required as the project falls under the West End Community Plan.
  • The company is exploring options with demolishing the hotel tower and complex.
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