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Bonnis Properties is proposing a transformative development that will propel the historic Granville Entertainment District into the next century. 

The 800 Granville block presents a unique opportunity to preserve the entire Commodore Ballroom and improve it, improve access and loading for the Commodore and the Orpheum, and also create a new performance space to support Vancouver’s arts and culture community.

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THE PROPOSAL FOR 800 GRANVILLE STREET – watch the VOH presentation
PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS
LEGACY

The proposal for the 800 Block of Granville includes the preservation and revitalization of the entire Commodore building, the incorporation of upgrades to facilitate the reactivation of the Orpheum’s historic Granville Street entrance, and heritage facade retention of the State Hotel, Clancy Building, Cameron Block, and the Service building.

ARTS & CULTURE

800 Granville will strengthen Granville Street’s musical legacy and Vancouver’s cultural and creative sectors through the preservation of the Commodore Ballroom, creation of a new ~7,800 sq ft performance space and back of house facilities – over 14,000 sq ft in total – to support the viability of the Commodore and the Orpheum.

ECONOMIC IMPACT

The 800 Granville Street proposal will provide significant economic benefits including short-term and long-term employment opportunities. The large floorplate office component is expected to accommodating between 3,000 and 4,000 employees, and will contribute to a new customer base for Granville Street’s existing and proposed retail.

DISTINCT ARCHITECTURE

The proposal is architecturally poised as a juxtaposition between old and new, celebrating Vancouver’s heritage and the arts. It includes the complete preservation and rehabilitation of the legendary Commodore Ballroom and bowling lanes, the retention of four additional heritage façades, and a design that speaks to the street’s historic neon signs and electric character.

The Plans

The proposal is informed by the built context of the surrounding area, while responding to the economic and cultural trends of the 21st Century. 

EMPLoyMENT SPACE

The proposal will introduce 397,000 sq ft of flexible, large-floorplate office space and a new animated retail, restaurant and lounge terrace. With one of North America’s tightest office markets, and many new (or under construction) buildings already pre-leased, the downtown needs more diverse office space. Office uses are also uniquely compatible with Granville’s Street’s nightlife, adding day-time and evening patrons to the area.

COMMENT FORM


The comment form is available now until April 30, 2021. You can also email your questions or commments to openhouse@poonigroup.com

ABOUT THE DEVELOPER

Bonnis Properties has a long track record of preserving and enhancing Vancouver’s heritage buildings. Bonnis Properties, family owned and operated, has been proactively developing properties to revitalize and enhance communities for decades. The Bonnis tradition of incorporating functional design with superior materials and construction will continue with its vision for the proposed 800 Granville Street Development.

MERRITT BUILDING

MERRITT BUILDING

Address: 801 South Broadway, Los Angeles

In addition to projects in Vancouver, Bonnis has also completed heritage revitalizations in downtown Los Angeles, including the Merritt Building.

MAIN & UNION

MAIN & UNION

Address: 730 Main Street

The design for Main & Union takes a contemporary approach while drawing on the history and context of the surrounding community.

HOLLYWOOD THEATER

HOLLYWOOD THEATER

Address: 3137 W Broadway

Bonnis has just reopened the Hollywood Theatre after an extensive restoration process tied to the redevelopment of the site.

ABOUT THE ARCHITECT

Perkins&Will, an interdisciplinary, research-based architecture and design firm was founded in 1935 on the belief that design has the power to transform lives. Perkins&Will’s focus on design excellence and conceptual clarity will be manifested in the design for the 800 block of Granville Street. 

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600 ROBSON STREET

600 ROBSON STREET

Innovative office and retail building directly adjacent to the 800 block of Granville Street.

“THIS IS EXACTLY THE KIND OF INVESTMENT THE AREA NEEDS TO BECOME A BUSTLING 24/7 DISTRICT”

This project honours the architectural and cultural heritage of Granville Street while also creating an attractive destination for both day and night. Granville Street is best known for its night economy consisting of clubs, bars, and performance venues. The businesses that rely on daytime visitors will greatly benefit from the influx of people coming to the area for the new office, retail, and dining opportunities that this development will create.

Charles Gauthier, President & CEO of the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association
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