Vancouver rental tower and boutique hotel planned above Denman Place Mall

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      Coast Plaza Hotel and Suites is leaving its West End location in Vancouver near the end of next year.

      With the hotel’s departure, the 31-storey building it occupies at 1030 Denman Street will be converted into a rental tower with 316 units.

      The tower sits above Denman Place Mall and two other floors of commercial and office spaces.

      Leaving the site along with the hotel are the Denman Fitness Centre, Brasserie Bistro, and Comox Street Long Bar.

      In 2011, Vancouver city council approved a rezoning application to change the use of the building into a rental high-rise.

      On June 16 this year, DA Architects + Planners applied for a development permit before city hall to proceed with the conversion of the hotel to a rental tower.

      The architectural firm also filed an application to rezone the two levels above Denman Place Mall, where Denman Fitness Centre, Brasserie Bistro, Comox Street Long Bar, and hotel staff offices are located.

      According to a letter by DA Architects + Planners, these commercial and office spaces are planned to be converted into a boutique hotel with 68 rooms.

      The 1030 Denman Street property is owned by the Siddoo family.

      The now defunct West End Residents Association (WERA) had supported the plan to convert Coast Plaza Hotel and Suites into a rental tower.

      Brent Granby, a former WERA president, said that the addition of rental units is good for the neighbourhood.

      “We need purpose-build rental housing in the West End,” Granby told the Straight in a phone interview Tuesday (June 28).

      Granby also supports the Siddoo family’s new application to rezone the two levels of commercial and office spaces above Denman Place Mall into a boutique hotel. 

      Sarah Kirby-Yung, executive director for marketing of Coast Hotels, told the Straight by phone that the West End hotel will be in business until the end of November 2017.