Architect submits rezoning inquiry to replace Park Inn and Suites with hospital-oriented project

The hotel is home to the Fairview Pub, which is one of the very few live music venues on the West Side of Vancouver

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      There could be another major development in Vancouver's Broadway corridor.

      Arno Matis Architecture has submitted a rezoning inquiry to the City of Vancouver to replace the Park Inn and Suites by Radisson with two buildings of 13 and 11 storeys.

      The preliminary plan calls for these towers to be 77.2 metres and 71.6 metres tall, respectively, and they would offer "short- and long-term stay options".

      This "hospital-oriented development" would provide accommodation to out-of-towners visiting loved ones at nearby Vancouver General Hospital.

      The preliminary plan calls for 309 parking spots and 75 bicycle spaces on the site at 878-898 West Broadway.

      The public has been invited to an open house on Tuesday (April 3) to learn more and to offer feedback to the project team. It will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Cypress Room of the Holiday Inn (711 West Broadway).

      The Park Inn & Suites has 117 rooms and is home to the Fairview Pub, which is one of the very few live music venues on the West Side of Vancouver. The hotel is four blocks from Broadway–City Hall Station on the Canada Line.

      The Fairview Pub is one of the very few watering holes on the West Side that features live music on a regular basis.
      Charlie Smith

      It's not the only major redevelopment that's been proposed in this part of Vancouver.

      In January, city council approved IBI Group's rezoning application for 153 rental units, at-grade commercial space, and 168 parking spots at the Denny's Restaurant site at 1296 West Broadway.

      Slightly east in the 1100 block of West Broadway, the Toys "R" Us site could also be rezoned in the wake of the giant toy retailer going into bankruptcy protection.

      In a recent article, Straight contributor Stanley Q. Woodvine explored what impact this could have on the giant Toys "R" Us sign, which was placed over the famous BowMac sign.

      There's also a 10-storey development, including eight storeys of condos, proposed for the corner of West Broadway and Spruce Street. That will likely force the 25-year-old Odin Books to find a new location.

      The open house for the proposed replacement of the Park Inn & Suites will come less than three weeks after the chair of the TransLink Mayors' Council, Derek Corrigan, announced that the Broadway extension to the Millennium Line would be built.

      The original plan for this rapid-transit project called for it to reach Arbutus Street. Whether it would reach that destination in phases or in one major development still remains to be seen.