Posts Tagged ‘Office Space’

Flack Block: Tides Renewal Centre Springs to Life

March 3rd, 2009
Dominion Building and Flack Block

 

Work on the Flack Block heritage restoration at West Hastings and Cambie Street is almost complete. Joel Solomon of Renewal posted about moving their offices into the Flack Block on their blog. In addition to Renewal, other tenants of the new office space include Tides Canada, Hollyhock Leadership Institute, Penner & Associates, Forest Ethics, Raised Eyebrow, and Rainforest Solutions Project. See more pictures of their office space and some magnificent detail photos of the beautiful stonework on the archway on their Flickr gallery.

Below is an excerpt from Joel’s post:

Tides Renewal Centre Springs to Life
by Joel Solomon on January 26, 2009

The Tides Renewal Centre is springing to life. The exquisite renovation of the Flack Block by Robert Fung and Salient Group stands kitty corner from Victory Square on the Cambie and Hastings adjacent to the Woodward’s redevelopment.

This intersection was once the centre of the City. Victory Square was the original site of the Courthouse – across from it rose the Flack Block in 1898, one of the largest and most elaborate buildings in the city at the time. (Yes, the Dominion Building was a late comer to the ‘hood).  The location alone ensured it would become a local landmark. The Klondike gold rush spurred a building boom in the 1890’s on Hastings Street, as Vancouver was one of the main supply centres for those heading to the gold fields. For decades afterward, Hastings Street remained the central shopping district in Vancouver. Continue reading “Flack Block: Tides Renewal Centre Springs to Life” »


Western Investor: Retail Revival

May 15th, 2008

Dermot Mack and Andrew Petrozzi
May 2008
Western Investor

Vancouver street-front retail space may become the darling of commercial real estate this year due to authoritarian mall owners and a change in traffic flows. 

Increasingly, major mall space in Metro Vancouver is in fewer hands, allowing the owners to dictate rates and tenancy requirements that have some tenants chaffing. 

Oakridge Centre, Metropolis in Burnaby and Guildford Shopping Centre in Surrey, for instance, are all owned by Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, which runs them through subsidiary Ivanhoe Cambridge. A separate Caisse subsidiary, SITQ, owns Bentall Centre in downtown Vancouver. 

The Ontario Teachers Fund, through Cadillac Fairview Corp. Ltd, owns the other major shopping malls in the Metro region, Pacific Centre downtown and Richmond Centre in Richmond. 

“If the same person that owns Oakridge [Centre] owns [Metropolis at] Metrotown and the same person that owns Metrotown owns Guildford [Shopping Centre], they can decide, ‘You will not open up in any of our malls,’” said Thomas Skidmore, CEO, chairman and president of Glentel Inc. 

Skidmore’s company owns 101 WirelessWave stores and 60 stores branded either Telephone Booth or La Cabine Telephonique at malls across Canada. It also operates 63 Wireless Etc. kiosks within Costco stores. “I would love to open up 10 stores in the Greater Vancouver area, if I could get malls to allow Telephone Booth to come in and give competition to other cellular dealers,” Skidmore said.

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Vancouver Sun: Landmark Victorian restored

April 19th, 2008
The Flack Block, across from Victory Park at the corner of Hastings and Cambie Streets.

The Flack Block, across from Victory Park at the corner of Hastings and Cambie Streets.

 by Michael Sasges
The Vancouver Sun, Westcoast Homes
April 19, 2008

The building is a pointer to the growth of the city in the decades after the arrival of the national railways and to the contribution of Edwardian and Victorian architects to Vancouver’s first-city status in a young British Columbia.

Slideshow: Developer Robert Fung describes some of the surprises he encountered in the Flack Block. You can watch the slideshow/interview here: Vancouver Sun: Robert Fung talks about restoring the Flack Block.

His usual work the restoration of older commercial and industrial buildings for residential re-use, developer Robert Fung has passed the last two years or so organizing the restoration of an older building for commercial reuse.

The building is the Flack Block. By next year, it will have commanded the northeast corner of Hastings and Cambie in downtown Vancouver for 110 years.

The rehabilitation work reintroduced or restored:
1) Exterior features damaged or removed over the years, such as an archway
2) Exterior features that have survived the decades, such as the sandstone facades and the wood-trimmed windows
3) The original lightwell
4) The original stairwell and elevator cage

As well as adding a new top floor, the new-construction work brought a 19th-century building up to 21st-century seismic, structural and building-systems standards, and introduced a new elevator and shaft.

The building is a pointer to the growth of the city in the decades after the arrival of the national railways and to the contribution of Edwardian and Victorian architects to Vancouver’s first-city status in a young British Columbia.

‘‘The Flack Block is a significant landmark component of the early retail and commercial fabric of West Hastings when Hastings Street was one of the most prominent commercial streets in early Vancouver,” city hall staff told council. Continue reading “Vancouver Sun: Landmark Victorian restored” »


Vancouver Sun: Reflection of our Times

November 17th, 2007
The Inform store in Gastown has a new wide-open space on three levels.

The Inform store in Gastown has a new wide-open space on three levels.

Reflection of our Times – New design stores are pumping fresh air into Gastown
Vancouver Sun
by John Mackie
November 16, 2007

The stylish home decor retailer Koolhaus has done the unthinkable. When the lease was up at its Kitsilano flagship store, Koolhaus up and moved to Gastown. 

Yes, Gastown: The historic district known for its handsome architecture and deep-rooted social problems. A neighbourhood that has long been considered a retail no man’s land, save for tourist shops and rug dealers that always seem to be going out of business sales. 

Gastown has been the scene of many revitalization schemes over the years, all of which failed. But several new market housing developments have brought an influx of new people to the neighbourhood, bringing fresh energy and a buzz it hasn’t had in years. Gastown is still gritty, but it’s also becoming more balanced – and it has a feel and vibe you don’t get anywhere else in the city.

Of course, Gastown has always had more than just tourist and rug stores. One of Vancouver’s elite furniture stores, Inform Interiors, has been a fixture in the neighbourhood since 1970, But owner Niels Bendtsen senses this time, the neighbourhood may have turned a corner. 

I’ve gone through a number of revitalizations down there, but it does feel like it’s here to stay,” says Bendtsen. “We’re betting our business on it.” 

Indeed. Inform spent a record $6 million on it’s stunning new 30,000 square foot space at 50 Water St. that opened in the spring. In early December, Inform will also reopen its original 12,000-sq.-ft, store at 97 Water St as a “high end mono brand store” for two top-notch product lines, Boffi kitchens and B&B Italia furniture.

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