January 16, 2008
music is in, strippers are out.
Yale Hotel will get a makeover and its neighbour, the Cecil Hotel
and its strip club, will be demolished as part of a redevelopment
plan for Granville Street.
Yale, located at the north end of the Granville Bridge, is on
the city's heritage list and the premier blues pub in the city.
The Cecil is home to one of Vancouver's few remaining strip clubs.
the project goes ahead, there's a lot of paperwork that developer
Rize Alliance Properties Ltd. has to work out with the city.
drawing from www.rizealliance.com/projects.php
council will review a rezoning application from Rize Alliance,
which hopes to complete the project by 2010. The main component
of the plan is the construction of a 23-storey residential tower
in place of the Cecil.
project will displace more than 100 low-income tenants in both
hotels. The Cecil has 82 rooms--50 of which qualify as single-room
accommodation. The Yale's 44 rooms all qualify under that category.
Shieh, development manager with Rize, said the company hired an
advocate to help find Cecil tenants a place to live. The new tower
will not offer social housing.
advocate will also work with tenants of the Yale during the renovations
to ensure they find accommodation and receive priority on returning
to the refurnished rooms.
the Yale's 260-seat pub and building is restored, ownership of
the two upper floors, which contains the 44 rooms, will be turned
over to the city.
the rooms are in the public hands, then the city determines its
management, its fate for perpetuity," said Shieh, adding that
annual rental income for the Yale is roughly $200,000. "So that
[money] could go and fund other social housing initiatives in
said the new tower will have a restaurant and pub on its main
floor, or "commercial podium." The pub will not feature strippers,
he said, noting Rize is not in that line of business and exotic
dancers don't fit into the city's plans for redesigning the neighbourhood.
exotic dancing is probably not such an appropriate business for
a residential neighbourhood," Shieh said.
architecture firm of Busby Perkins and Will is designing the project,
which aims to incorporate Leadership in Energy and Environmental
described the project as a "triple bottom line development," where
social housing, environmental design and profit are encompassed.
project fits in with the city's plans to redevelop the land and
properties under the north end of the Granville Bridge, said Karen
Hoese, a city planner involved in the Yale/Cecil project.
city's plan calls for a commercial centre that includes a small
grocery store, drug store and other stores, possibly a restaurant,
and offices or retail on the upper storeys of buildings.
development will be modest in scale, with buildings ranging from
one to four storeys, according to the city's Neighbourhood Commercial