THIS IS SOMETHING TO BE EXCITED ABOUT
Council’s decision on Tuesday night was a big win for arts and entertainment. Thank you to City Council who recognized that 800 Granville will change the trajectory of Granville St.
As a result of Counci’s motion on July 19, 800 Granville Street will be able to move through the rezoning application process. It’s the first step, but an important one.
BY BONNIS PROPERTIES
The proposal is architecturally poised as a juxtaposition between old and new, celebrating Vancouver’s heritage and the arts. It includes the complete preservation and rehabilitation of the legendary Commodore Ballroom and bowling lanes, the retention of four additional heritage façades, and a design that speaks to the street’s historic neon signs and electric character.
ARTS & CULTURE
The complete restoration, seismic upgrade and heritage designation of the Commodore Ballroom and Lanes.
Access and loading improvements will facilitate up to 40% more shows at the Commodore resulting in approximately 75,000 additional annual visitors.
The additional shows at the Commodore are estimated to result in hundreds of additional jobs in arts and entertainment.
The restoration and heritage designation of four additional heritage facades along the 800 blocks.
A restaurant and lounge promenade on level four, that will be an all-year, covered elevated sidewalk, while providing a visual transition between the heritage buildings and the new structure above.
400,000+ square feet of office space will accommodate between 2,000 and 4,000 jobs. Local spending from office employees is estimated to be approximately $24.5 million annually.
Three levels of retail space that will occupy the heritage buildings, effectively tripling the retail space on the property resulting in approximately $20.6 million annual retail wages.
The stepped design of the office building provides a respectful transition between the low- and mid-rise character of Granville Street and the business district to the north.
As place-making architecture, the design celebrates Vancouver’s heritage and the arts through purposeful creation of a dynamic reveal zone on level four to preserve the predominant ‘sawtooth’ profile of the street, augment the historic character of a fine-grained urban streetscape, and enhance the street’s pedestrian-friendly sense of place.
Generous landscaped patios in the office building translates to greening of 70% of the roof area.
BONNIS PROPERTIES, DEVELOPER
Bonnis Properties has a long track record of preserving and enhancing Vancouver’s heritage buildings. Bonnis Properties, family owned and operated, has been proactively developing properties to revitalize and enhance communities for decades. The Bonnis tradition of incorporating functional design with superior materials and construction will continue with its vision for the proposed 800 Granville Street Development.
MAIN & UNION
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In addition to projects in Vancouver, Bonnis has also completed heritage revitalizations in downtown Los Angeles, including the Merritt Building.
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Bonnis has reopened the Hollywood Theatre after an extensive restoration process tied to the redevelopment of the site.
Perkins&Will, an interdisciplinary, research-based architecture and design firm was founded in 1935 on the belief that design has the power to transform lives. Perkins&Will’s focus on design excellence and conceptual clarity will be manifested in the design for the 800 block of Granville Street.
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