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Old Posted Dec 31, 2007, 5:46 PM
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Demolition of the parkade is almost complete. They had been working on everything but the facade for the past month or so, but half the facade came adown this morning, and I would imagine other half later today. Shouldn't be too long 'till excavation starts.
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Agreed, seems to be a very small floor plate for a 48 story tower ... which goes to show that Vancouver developers actually can get quite creative when they're forced too due to floor plate and/or height restrictions.
The main restriction was the preservation of the Hotel Gorgia next door (i.e. that accounts for the source of density).
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Is there an estimated completion time for this project? I am assuming it won't be done before the olympics, unfortunately.
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late 2010 but probably 2011 like the Ritz-Carlton.
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the parkade is now gone...


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January 23rd update

To the south side of the site demolition work continues on a rear part of the hotel, perhaps the ballroom?. On the north side of the site there is a drilling rig *not visible) and some prep work being done to begin driving steel piles down, possibly to stabilize the walls during excavation.


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Old Posted Jan 23, 2008, 10:06 PM
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Yup - that would be the ballroom - they are going to recreate in after the underground parking garage is built below.
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way more movement on this bad boy compared to ritz.
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There is alot more to do here. The RC Vancouver doesn't have to work about integrating itself with an adjacent structure, this one does. Alot more prep work and shoring up to be done here.
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those people with the windows must be enjoying some light for the first time ever - not too last long
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Old Posted Jan 24, 2008, 6:56 AM
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It amazes me how small that site actually is.
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Old Posted Feb 19, 2008, 5:04 AM
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How deep do we expect this pit to go? Most of the parking is above ground, right?
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hate to c many of the old buildings go away, they could've been living heritage sites. once u take down sth, then a piece of history, and a sense of the past is lost forever. now to search for a genuine old-town feel, what we have left is the good old downtown eastside, the city's blind spot.
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hate to c many of the old buildings go away, they could've been living heritage sites. once u take down sth, then a piece of history, and a sense of the past is lost forever. now to search for a genuine old-town feel, what we have left is the good old downtown eastside, the city's blind spot.
Meh, just think of how impressive a heritage building the Shangri-la and others will make in 100 years. We're throwing out the trash for future generations.
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hate to c many of the old buildings go away, they could've been living heritage sites. once u take down sth, then a piece of history, and a sense of the past is lost forever. now to search for a genuine old-town feel, what we have left is the good old downtown eastside, the city's blind spot.
You realize they aren't tearing down the hotel, and that this will likely make a heritage building more functional and ensure it is well preserved for the future.
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How deep do we expect this pit to go? Most of the parking is above ground, right?
No, that was the old BIng Thom plan. The new design has a larger underground footprint. The ballroom was demolished (and will be recreated) allowing an "L" shaped underground parkade. The new design has office space where the old design had the above-ground parkade. Not sure how deep it'll go.
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hate to c many of the old buildings go away, they could've been living heritage sites. once u take down sth, then a piece of history, and a sense of the past is lost forever. now to search for a genuine old-town feel, what we have left is the good old downtown eastside, the city's blind spot.
i agree lets focus growth in open space and farmland. its a much better idea.

but seriously. was that site even a heratige building? i thought it was a parking garage.
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