Waldorf Hotel granted 120-day reprieve

Vancouver city council voted unanimously yesterday to grant the Waldorf Hotel a 120-day temporary protection order so a review can be conducted to determine whether ...

Vancouver city council voted unanimously yesterday to grant the Waldorf Hotel a 120-day temporary protection order so a review can be conducted to determine whether or not the landmark should be granted heritage status.

The Waldorf, considered to be a cultural hub in East Vancouver, was purchased last week by the Solterra Group of Companies, raising concerns about the future of the iconic hotel.

The actions involved in the review will include the completion of a “statement of significance” and a full evaluation as to whether or not the property meets heritage status.

The statement of significance will detail the hotel’s description, heritage values, the history it represents and its value to the community.

The building must meet the following criteria in order to be included in the heritage registry:

  • it must show architectural and historical significance;
  • the building’s context and surroundings must still be clear;
  • exterior alterations must be limited; and
  • the building must have been constructed before 1940, with the exception of “recent landmarks,” which would be the case for the Waldorf.

Vancouver city manager Penny Ballem spoke to city council yesterday and said the owners of the hotel have stated they have no plans to demolish the building, and that they have “signaled strong interest to co-operate with the City.”

A report detailing the heritage assessment of the 1947-built hotel must be provided to city council by May 15.

ecrawford@biv.com

@EmmaCrawfordBIV

comments powered by Disqus

Also Read

More From Real Estate

Regional office vacancy rate expected to continue upward trajectory, perhaps touching 13%

Read Article

An inconspicuous 10,000-square-foot warehouse in lower Mount Pleasant might seem like an improbable start for a career in real estate, but when Tobi Reyes made ...

Read Article

But it still trails other urban hubs like Toronto and Calgary in the size of the companies that are establishing their headquarters in the city

Read Article

References to bubbles in real estate circles tend to provoke strong emotions.

Read Article

Subscribe to our mailing lists

* indicates required

Newsletters

* You can modify your newsletter subscriptions at the bottom of any newsletter you receive.
×