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Trudeau in Vancouver to make major announcement with Amazon this morning

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Kenneth Chan Apr 30, 2018 7:38 am 13,562

Amazon is expected to make a major announcement on its expanded presence in Vancouver this morning.

The multinational company will be taking over the redevelopment project of the old Canada Post building in downtown Vancouver for use as another office building to house its growing workforce in the city.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is one of the speakers slated to be a part of the announcement, which signifies the size and importance of the announcement.

The property’s owner is BC Investment Management Corporation, developer Bentall Kennedy, and architectural firm Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership. Previous plans to convert and expand the complex into a mixed-use building with retail, office, and residential have been cancelled. Instead, the new proposal is believed to be a mixture of commercial only – retail and office.

The now-cancelled design for the old Canada Post building redevelopment from the original 2016 rezoning application. (Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership / Bentall Kennedy)

This will be Amazon’s third and largest permanent office in the city after its 91,000-sq-ft TELUS Garden office and its new nine storey, 150,000 sq. ft. office building currently being built at 402 Dunsmuir Street.

Until the new Dunsmuir building opens, on a temporary basis, Amazon will continue to occupy 80% of the 80,000 sq. ft. of space at WeWork’s first Vancouver co-working office location at the Bentall III office tower.

The now-cancelled design for the old Canada Post building redevelopment from the original 2016 rezoning application. (Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership / Bentall Kennedy)

Amazon is also expected to be the tenant of Westbank’s new 24-storey office tower, which will replace the Budget Car Rental at 400 West Georgia Street – located across the street from the old Canada Post building. But it is unclear if today’s announcement will incorporate that project.

Artistic rendering of the office tower at 400 West Georgia in downtown Vancouver. (Merrick Architecture / Westbank)

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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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