Amacon is proposing a new residential tower, hotel and commercial space at the former home of the Catholic archdiocese.
The historic, red brick building at the corner of Robson and Cambie has been a fixture on the edge of Yaletown since the 1930s.
The archdiocese moved out of the building at the end of 2014 after 50 years at the location, to a new home at W. 33rd and Willow St.
The new building was paid in part with proceeds of selling the Yaletown property to Amacon.
The building was originally the home of the Northern Electric Company. As the home of the archdiocese, the building housed a men’s hostel, which is still operating to this day.
The proposal by Amacon has not been officially filed with the city yet, but will include a 29 storey tower with a 7 storey podium, with 125 residential suites ranging from studios to three bedrooms, designed to LEED Gold standard.
The facade of Northern Electric Building will re-purposed into a restaurant and 120 room hotel. There will be 280 parking stalls, 20 per cent of which will have electric vehicle charging capacity. The existing men’s hostel/shelter on the site will be relocated. The architect on the project is GBL.
The brand of the hotel is not yet known, although Amacon owns the Loden boutique Hotel in Coal Harbour, so that could be a likely fit. The redevelopment will result in the demolition of the Back Forty pub at the corner of Beatty and Robson.
Peter Meiszner is an experienced journalist and media relations professional, based in Vancouver. As founder of urbanYVR.com, he has been reporting on urban development across the Lower Mainland since 2016, and has also served as vice-chair of the Gastown Historic Area Planning Committee. In October 2022, he was elected to Vancouver city council and is no longer actively reporting for urbanYVR.
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