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|1153 West Georgia|
|1153 West Georgia St.|
Vancouver BC Canada
| - office|
| - lowrise|
Built in the 1960s as an office building.
In 1994, permits were issued to strip the existing office building of its exterior walls and interior finishes and to change the use of floors one through six from office use to a fitness club known as the “Newport Beach Club”. After work began, for unknown reasons, construction was suspended, with cranes, tarps, railings, etc. left intact. After a while the permits expired. The site would sit as a vacant and derelict building for many years. In July 1996, a development application was submitted to replace the existing structure with a 27-storey office/retail development, known as Golden Ocean Plaza (http://skyscraperpage.com/cities/?buildingID=32102 ). That application was withdrawn in July 1997.
Cadillac Fairview then bought the land in early 2000 with plans to either redevelop the site, or renovate as offices. After a year or two of no proposal for redevelopment, the City of Vancouver threatened to declare the building a nuisance. Cadillac Fairview, however, promised to either apply for rezoning to build a new structure or use the building shell for a renewed project. They wound up selling the property to Simon Lim and the Holborn Group in 2003.
The Ritz-Carlton was then proposed for the site, http://skyscraperpage.com/cities/?buildingID=35657
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