The Old Continental Hotel is being demolished. The south façade of the building featured an Orca-themed mural by environmental artist Wyland. The Old Continental Hotel was located just east of the Granville Bridge, north Pacific Avenue. This building was on a site that was put up for sale by the City of Vancouver last summer.
More information on the mural can be found in the following two articles:
- Granville Street mural to get Olympic facelift (by Miranda Nelson, Georgia Straight, Jan 18, 2010)
- It’s Destroy Vancouver!! time: Whale mural demolished (by Craig Takeuchi, Georgia Straight, Jan 26, 2015)
The City is going ahead and clearing the property. Yet, it’s still unclear if there is a winner to the land sale tender the City put up last year. In an earlier post (July 30, 2014), we noted the following:
The City of Vancouver is quietly moving to sell public land at 1390 Granville Street and 625 Pacific Street. Hundreds of millions of dollars are at stake if a 500 foot tower goes up here, and private profits from public land. We start by saying at the outset that, going back to 2010 or earlier, we have noticed that certain decisions affecting this area north of the Granville and Burrard Bridges appear as if they were being quietly reverse-engineered to reach certain outcomes. Watch to see who benefits from this particular land sale process. The public may discover something surprising about how the City of Vancouver is functioning. And in this specific case, heightened public scrutiny might change the outcomes. Now, the story…[link here]
A few questions: Who did the City of Vancouver agree to sell the land to? What will happen to the existing Vancouver Aquatic Centre (which West End residents expected would be refurbished as part of the West End Community Plan — but the public learned in July 2014 of secret discussions to demolish it and build one several blocks away)? What were the costs to relocate all of the former residents in the Old Continental to a renovated facility (former Ramada Inn) in Collingwood? What are the costs of demolishing the building? Will the off ramp be removed next? Was it necessary to demolish the Old Continental Hotel, or could this facility have been used as low-cost seniors housing for a few more years?
Mural before demolition (above and below):
Granville Loops Site (January 28, 2015):