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City of Vancouver approves protection order for Waldorf Hotel 0

By Tyler Orton, 24 Hours Vancouver

The Solterra Group, the condo developer that is purchasing the iconic Waldorf Hotel, says it has no plans to demolish east Vancouver cultural hub. (CARMINE MARINELLI/ 24 HOURS FILE PHOTO)

The Solterra Group, the condo developer that is purchasing the iconic Waldorf Hotel, says it has no plans to demolish east Vancouver cultural hub. (CARMINE MARINELLI/ 24 HOURS FILE PHOTO)

Vancouver city council has given the Waldorf Hotel a four-month reprieve before its owner is allowed to tear down one of east Vancouver’s most distinct cultural landmarks.

 

Council unanimously approved Tuesday a 120-day protection order on the Waldorf hotel, built in 1947, while a heritage assessment is completed. A report on the heritage assessment is due May 15.

That hasn’t reassured Waldorf supporters, who showed up outside Vancouver City Hall— complete in Polynesian attire honouring the hotel’s famous tiki bar — after the council decision.

“Anyone who owns a small business will tell you we’re not going to do business on a 120-day lease,” said Danny Fazio, one of the hotel’s operators, adding he was still happy with council’s decision.

He was among about 50 supporters at city hall carrying tiki-inspired signs demanding the hotel remains in business.

Fazio and his business partners are vacating the Waldorf Jan. 20. They failed to secure a long-term lease with current owner Marko Puharich, who agreed to sell it to condo developer Solterra Group.

Rally for the Waldorf campaign organizer Jen Cook said she’s excited about the protection order and hopes the public outcry can help “change the tide of culture in the city.”

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson told council losing the Waldorf would be a “real tragedy” for the city.

“In this case, there’s a clear tool (the protection order) we can use as a next step,” he said.

 

 

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