Amacon Yaletown
Rendering from the pre-application open house of Amacon's hotel, retail and condo proposal for the Catholic Charities building at Robson and Cambie streets in Yaletown. Credit: Brook Pooni Associates

Amacon is proposing a new residential tower, hotel and commercial space at the former home of the Catholic archdiocese.

The historic, red brick building at the corner of Robson and Cambie has been a fixture on the edge of Yaletown since the 1930s.

The archdiocese moved out of the building at the end of 2014 after 50 years at the location, to a new home at W. 33rd and Willow St.

The new building was paid in part with proceeds of selling the Yaletown property to Amacon.

Amacon Yaletown
Site of the Amacon residential, hotel and commercial proposal on Robson Street between Cambie and Beatty streets, on the edge of Yaletown.

The building was originally the home of the Northern Electric Company. As the home of the archdiocese, the building housed a men’s hostel, which is still operating to this day.

The proposal by Amacon has not been officially filed with the city yet, but will include a 29 storey tower with a 7 storey podium, with 125 residential suites ranging from studios to three bedrooms, designed to LEED Gold standard.

The facade of Northern Electric Building will re-purposed into a restaurant and 120 room hotel. There will be 280 parking stalls, 20 per cent of which will have electric vehicle charging capacity. The existing men’s hostel/shelter on the site will be relocated. The architect on the project is GBL.

Amacon Yaletown
Rendering from the pre-application open house of Amacon’s hotel, retail and condo proposal for the Catholic Charities building at Robson and Cambie streets in Yaletown. Credit: Brook Pooni Associates
Amacon Yaletown
Rendering from the pre-application open house of Amacon’s hotel, retail and condo proposal for the Catholic Charities building at Robson and Cambie streets in Yaletown. Credit: Brook Pooni Associates
Amacon Yaletown
Rendering from the pre-application open house of Amacon’s hotel, retail and condo proposal for the Catholic Charities building at Robson and Cambie streets in Yaletown. Credit: Brook Pooni Associates
Amacon Yaletown
Rendering from the pre-application open house of Amacon’s hotel, retail and condo proposal for the Catholic Charities building at Robson and Cambie streets in Yaletown. Credit: Brook Pooni Associates
Amacon Yaletown
Rendering from the pre-application open house of Amacon’s hotel, retail and condo proposal for the Catholic Charities building at Robson and Cambie streets in Yaletown. Credit: Brook Pooni Associates
Amacon Yaletown
Rendering from the pre-application open house of Amacon’s hotel, retail and condo proposal for the Catholic Charities building at Robson and Cambie streets in Yaletown. Credit: Brook Pooni Associates
Amacon Yaletown
Rendering from the pre-application open house of Amacon’s hotel, retail and condo proposal for the Catholic Charities building at Robson and Cambie streets in Yaletown. Credit: Brook Pooni Associates
Northern Electric Company building Vancouver
Photo of Northern Electric Company building at 150 Robson Street, in 1929. Credit: City of Vancouver archives.

The brand of the hotel is not yet known, although Amacon owns the Loden boutique Hotel in Coal Harbour, so that could be a likely fit. The redevelopment will result in the demolition of the Back Forty pub at the corner of Beatty and Robson.

Amacon Yaletown
Notification of Community Open House for Amacon project on the edge of Yaletown, at the former home of the Catholic archdiocese.

Last updated September 19, 2016

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