Vancouver’s 40+ year-old Empire Landmark hotel is slowly going down, starting this month. It’s 42 storeys will be demolished in situ, which will take a year using snazzy hi-tech new Swedish equipment involving robotics, called the Brokk system (video).
Find out more about the demolition project and its unique tech:
- Friday March 9
- 4 pm to 6:30 pm
- Listel Hotel, 1300 Robson St.
From the 2017 Annual Report:
Business Model and Strategies: Build on our reputation and track record of premium property development in Hong Kong and China.
. . . In Canada, our Empire Landmark Hotel will be redeveloped into a mixed-use development that comprise mainly residential condominium. We expect the pre-sale of this development to be commenced in the second half of the financial year ending March 2018.
[Update] More pix from architects PDP London (thanks to Changing City).
The resulting boring, generic condo development will bring 388,000 s.f. (FSR 9.47) of new residential space to Vancouver, both commercial and social. As to the commercial units, Asia Standard describes their other residential properties with terms like: luxury, elite, manicured, prestigious, low-density, world-class designs, exceptional details, customized amenities and so on. I do get the picture, very clearly.
The City Development Permit Board approved THIS report June 12, 2017 for proposed work at 1488 Robson Street (Empire Landmark Hotel). Submitted by Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership (designers of the Vancouver Trump tower). The project is to develop 2 mixed-use buildings (31 and 32 storey towers) that include 300 dwelling units. Proposed are 237 market units (or is that investment opportunities), plus 63 social housing, since increased to 82. With retail use on ground floor, and office use on the second and third floors, all over three levels of underground parking accessed from the lane and also requesting an increase in the Floor Space Ratio using a Heritage Density Transfer from a donor site at 12 Water Street (providing 35,800 sq. ft.). The project envisions around 300 parking spaces for cars and 362 for bicycles.
On Nov 28, 2017, Council heard, and subsequently approved, a REPORT recommending purchase of air space at the site, intended to increase social housing to 82 units.