Ritz it up, Vancouver

On the walk to work this morning my husband and I passed the site where Comor Sports used to sit on Thurlow and Georgia. The location now appears to be a potential sales room for the Ritz-Carlton Residences, Vancouver. I looked at him and said, “I bet it’s going back there,” and I pointed back up the street to 1133 West Georgia where they were currently jackhammering away at the old abandoned infrastructure of a building.

Flickr Photo Credit: jmv

The world-renowned Ritz-Carlton hotel brand will touch down in Vancouver by 2011.

A 127-room Ritz-Carlton hotel will occupy the first 20 floors of a new 58-storey, Arthur Erickson-designed twisting tower to be built at 1133 West Georgia…

…The Georgia Street location, between Thurlow and Bute, has been a vacant and derelict Vancouver eyesore for more than a decade. It was originally to be a private members’ club and then a strata-title office building in the 1990s, but both projects failed and it has remained a concrete shell ever since.[Vancouver Sun]

I never used to think of Vancouver as a ‘Ritzy’ city but I suppose it will fit in nicely across from the Shangri-La. Although, under the scaffolding for said 61-storey tower we usually pass about 3 people sleeping on the street, but that’s the way life goes in Vancouver… isn’t it.

3 Comments so far

  1. jmv (unregistered) on August 17th, 2007 @ 7:23 pm

    Working next door, the persistent jackhammering has been a rather long drawn out headache for a number of of my colleagues, though the crew has been making fairly good progress lately. At least 3 floors are gone since this photo was taken, and the good news is, they’re getting faster. Course, the bad news is, it will be followed by all the sounds of a construction site, which we already have to the south and west of us…

  2. Steve (unregistered) on August 17th, 2007 @ 8:53 pm

    Its good to see the current eyesore @ 1133 W Georgia gone from the landscape though.

  3. darren (unregistered) on August 29th, 2007 @ 9:56 am

    I also work next door and stare out directly at it. They have been at it for months and at least the jackhammering isn’t as loud anymore…Ritz and Shangri-La will liven up this block for sure.


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