Waldorf Hotel could be saved – developer has ‘no intention of demolishing’ the site
Solterra Group, the condo developer that purchased the Waldorf Hotel says it has “no intention of demolishing the Waldorf Hotel.”
A press release issued Thursday afternoon by CEO of Solterra, Gerry Nichele, stated:
“Over the past twenty-four hours there has been a considerable amount of discussion and speculation in the media and public about the future plans for property at the 1300 and 1400 block of East Hastings, which includes the Waldorf Hotel”
“It will be a while before we take possession of the property, and right now the Puharich family is still responsible for the ongoing operations of the hotel. We have an open mind about the future of this site and we are studying all the options. I can say that at this point we certainly have no intention of demolishing the Waldorf Hotel. We want to work with the City to explore possible ways to retain and improve the hotel.”
Additionally Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson tweeted:
“The Waldorf closing is a big loss to our growing creative community, they built a great culture hub,” tweeted Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson.”
“It’s my hope that they’ll be able to re-launch and return in some form in the near future. Supporting Vancouver’s dynamic arts and culture sector is a top priority of our City Council, and the City is exploring ways to support the Waldorf continuing as one of Vancouver’s most unique and vibrant cultural spaces.”
“The site at 1489 East Hastings St. is currently zoned for mixed-use commercial purposes, not residential development. Any change in zoning would require extensive neighbourhood consultation and approval by city council.”
Waldorf Productions will continue to run events at the hotel until January 19.
A flashmob in support of the Waldorf Hotel will take place Tuesday, January 15, 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Vancouver City Hall. Participants are encourage to wear grass skirts and leis.
Source: CBC, Photo: Frank Synopsis