Posts Tagged ‘Water Street’

Gastown heritage profiled in the Vancouver Sun

August 5th, 2010

The Vancouver Sun’s Business section has a write-up the continuing restoration of Gastown.  The story features an interview with the owners of Orling & Wu, a new store at 28 Water Street, a heritage property which is part of the Salient Group’s revitalization efforts in the area.

News 1130 also carries the story here.



Things to do: Jazz Festival this weekend, Gastown and beyond

June 24th, 2009


The Vancouver International Jazz Festival is a long celebrated event in Vancouver. One not to miss. It’s BC’s largest music festival boasting over 400 concerts at 40 venues – no matter what your taste is in music, there’s something in the program for you. And, it all starts this Friday, June 26th and runs through to July 5th.

There’s shows at various venues around the city, but no doubt the Gastown event stands out to many. The Gastown Jazz component of the festival runs this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, June 27th & 28th at the Maple Tree Square Free stage.

Gastown Jazz, is a free two-day New Orleans-style street festival is back! Historic Gastown becomes an open-air party with multiple acts spread over two days. Featuring Canadian and International artists, Gastown Jazz has become a traditional destination for jazz fans and is synonymous with the opening weekend of the Festival. Two free stages bookend Water Street’s three blocks. Continuous music is performed for everyone to enjoy. Friends and families come from all over to celebrate the beginning of summer while reveling in a diverse array of musical styles. Gastown Jazz also boasts dazzling street entertainers, souvenir and CD kiosks, snacks and refreshments, as well as a wide selection of cafés, restaurants, and bistros all along Water Street.

Here’s a list of just the FREE Gastown Jazz events, and the entire Jazz Festival schedule can be found on their website. We’ll cross our fingers for good weather.

Globe & Mail: A cool, modern twist to historic centre

June 29th, 2007


A cool, modern twist to historic centre
By Thomasina Barnes 
June 29, 2007

DEVELOPER: The Salient Group 
PRICE: Starling in the mid $300,000’5 
SIZE: From 586 to 1,771 sq. ft. 
SALES CENTRE: 12 Water St., Vancouver, by appointment only. 
CONTACT: Phone 604-689-LOFT (5638) or 

Developer Robert Fung has once again shown his signature restorative touch with the new Garage condominium project off Blood Alley in Gastown. 

Fung’s Salient Group has preserved the historical façade of the Water Street building and added a four storey modernist glass cube to the top. 

“Of all the projects we’ve done, this is the one I’m most excited about,” says developer Mr. Fung. “There is nothing like it in Vancouver, especially in terms of incorporating contemporary design into a heritage structure,” he says. 

Garage merges architectural elements from 1889, 1930, 1970 and 2007. It combines two historical properties and connects them with a central courtyard which the suites will be built around. 

The project name stems from one of the original businesses on the site – the Nagel Brothers Garage, which was one of the first parkade/service stations in Vancouver during the 1930’s.

Garage has been designed as a mixed-use building (the ground floor will be retail space while the second storey will remain offices), that celebrates its historic surroundings while offering a variety of modem amenities.

Suites at Garage have overheight ceilings, Miele appliances, variable refrigerant flow heating and cooling systems, as well as modern space-enhancing features like glass sliding bathroom doors. The open-concept homes have polished concrete and maple flooring, fully-panelled kitchens and maple cabinets. Sixty per cent of the suites will have outdoor space in the form of a deck or balcony. 

Mr. Fung believes that Gastown is “the cultural hub of Vancouver” and he sees the future of the city in its past. Within two blocks of the Garage site are numerous restaurants, bars, galleries and Simon Fraser University’s new School for Contemporary Arts. “The gravity – the very future of the city rests here,” says Mr. Fung.