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YWCA Hotel in downtown Vancouver proposes 11-storey expansion

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Kenneth Chan Feb 07, 2018 12:31 pm 717

A planned hotel expansion next to BC Place Stadium will be highly beneficial for Vancouver’s supply of low-to-mid market accommodations options, which has fallen in recent years with the closure of Coast Plaza Hotel & Suites and Empire Landmark Hotel.

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YWCA Hotel Vancouver at 733 Beatty Street is proposing to build an 11-storey, 125-ft-tall expansion on its property, emerging from the existing one-storey podium, immediately adjacent to the Georgian Court Hotel.

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Exterior of the existing YWCA Hotel Vancouver and the site of the expansion building. (Google Maps Streetview)

A development application, with a design by DA Architects + Planners, submitted to the City of Vancouver calls for 65 additional rooms and the retainment of the existing single-level of underground parking.

According to the application, the new rooms will be oriented along Beatty Street to provide views of downtown and the stadium.

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Artistic rendering of the YWCA Hotel Vancouver expansion. (YWCA Vancouver Hotel / DA Architects + Planners)

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Artistic rendering of the YWCA Hotel Vancouver expansion. (YWCA Vancouver Hotel / DA Architects + Planners)

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Artistic rendering of the YWCA Hotel Vancouver expansion. (YWCA Vancouver Hotel / DA Architects + Planners)

The original YWCA hotel building was constructed in 1994, and the latest proposal will complete the original vision of a phased hotel expansion.

“The materials and colours of the exterior to the building are consistent with the existing building colours but with contemporary materials,” reads the application.

“In response to the extensive use of brick in the existing building the proposed tower is designed to lighten the material and colour palate, matching the existing beige concrete panel. The proposed colour palette is simple and contemporary with charcoal window frames and clean wall cladding.”

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Artistic rendering of the YWCA Hotel Vancouver expansion. (YWCA Vancouver Hotel / DA Architects + Planners)

YWCA Hotel Vancouver

Artistic rendering of the YWCA Hotel Vancouver expansion. (YWCA Vancouver Hotel / DA Architects + Planners)

YWCA Hotel Vancouver

Artistic rendering of the YWCA Hotel Vancouver expansion. (YWCA Vancouver Hotel / DA Architects + Planners)

YWCA Hotel Vancouver

Artistic rendering of the YWCA Hotel Vancouver expansion. (YWCA Vancouver Hotel / DA Architects + Planners)

The city block is already dominated by various hotel properties, including other hotels such as Hampton Inn & Suites, Sandman Hotel Vancouver City Centre, and Hotel Blu & Residences Vancouver.

A new 120-room hotel is also proposed half a block away at the southwest corner of Robson Street and Beatty Street, on the former site of the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver – across from Terry Fox Plaza and the main BC Place entrance.

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Kenneth Chan
National Features Editor at Daily Hive, the evolution of Vancity Buzz. He covers local architecture, urban issues, politics, business, retail, economic development, transportation and infrastructure, and the travel industry. Kenneth is also a Co-Founder of New Year's Eve Vancouver. Connect with him at kenneth[at]dailyhive.com

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