Surrey's Flamingo Hotel gets fiery demolition for 3 new condo towers (VIDEO)

Jun 24 2019, 6:25 am

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Fireballs erupted from the rooftop of a former strip club on Saturday when Surrey mayor Doug McCallum, seated inside the cab of an excavator, helped start the demolition of the 1965-built building.

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A public demolition party was held to provide the community with an opportunity to bid farewell to the Flamingo Hotel’s storied past and welcome the site’s future of being turned into the Whalley District mixed-use redevelopment.

 

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The Tien Sher Group of Companies has officially begun site preparation work of its significant 4.3-acre, city block property of several assembled lots, including the Flamingo Hotel at 10768 King George Boulevard — three blocks east of SkyTrain’s Gateway Station.

The property is bound by King George Boulevard to the west, 108 Avenue to the north, Whalley Boulevard to the east, and 107A Avenue to the south, with the Flamingo Hotel located on the western portion of the site.

Whalley District 10768 King George Boulevard Surrey

Site of Whalley District at 10768 King George Boulevard, Surrey. (Google Maps)

Whalley District 10768 King George Boulevard Surrey

Artistic rendering of Whalley District at 10768 King George Boulevard, Surrey. (Chris Dikeakos Architects / Tien Sher Group of Companies)

The City of Surrey previously approved a redevelopment plan, designed by Chris Dikeakos Architects, of four residential buildings — 46 storeys, 37 storeys, 35 storeys, and six storeys — to create 1,119 new homes and new commercial spaces.

The first phase entails the 35-storey and six-storey buildings, complete with 349 homes and a podium with 21,000 sq. ft. of retail and restaurant space.

Whalley District 10768 King George Boulevard Surrey

Artistic rendering of Whalley District at 10768 King George Boulevard, Surrey. (Chris Dikeakos Architects / Tien Sher Group of Companies)

Whalley District 10768 King George Boulevard Surrey

Site plan of Whalley District at 10768 King George Boulevard, Surrey. (Chris Dikeakos Architects / Tien Sher Group of Companies)

Future redevelopment phases will also include additional commercial space, such as a large grocery store in the third phase.

The project also incorporates a significant public realm of open green spaces and a 4,600-sq-ft outdoor plaza on the southwest corner of the property. This plaza will be activated by retail on its edge, and regular events and other programming.

Whalley District 10768 King George Boulevard Surrey

Artistic rendering of Whalley District at 10768 King George Boulevard, Surrey. (Chris Dikeakos Architects / Tien Sher Group of Companies)

Whalley District 10768 King George Boulevard Surrey

Artistic rendering of Whalley District at 10768 King George Boulevard, Surrey. (Chris Dikeakos Architects / Tien Sher Group of Companies)

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