118-150 Robson Street

Here’s another Robson Street tower proposal. This is a proposed rezoning, and it’s at the eastern end of the street where the Catholic Charities building currently sits (once the Northern Electric Company Building, built in 1928 and 1947). The existing Catholic Charities Men’s Hostel will be relocated (possibly to Seymour Street).

The proposal is by GBL Architects for Amacon, and includes a 6-storey hotel on the Beatty Street end and the lower floors of the restored heritage building and a 290 foot high residential tower over the 86 room hotel. There would be 131 residential units, with 71 2-bed and 18 3-bed.

The restoration of the Northern electric building (which was built in two phases) is unusual because the proposal includes all four walls – not just the front façade. There will be alterations to create retail frontages for what are likely to be restaurants, given the location and the hotel upstairs.

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2 Responses to 118-150 Robson Street

  1. Jon says:

    I like the blend of incorporating the heritage building with the modern tower for the design but it looks like the Back Forty bar will be lost as part of the proposal? That’s a hugely popular sports bar which is a shame. Will the tower be taller than the Hotel Blu tower?

    • ChangingCity says:

      Yes, the Back Forty (as it’s currently named) will be redeveloped. The hotel will have a restaurant or two, and maybe a bar as well. There’s a huge new sports bar in Rogers arena, and the Shark Club has been rebuilt, so they aren’t a threatened species in that area yet.

      Hotel Blu is only 20 storeys, so this tower ought to be quite a bit taller.

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