Vancouver’s 44-year-old, iconic Empire Landmark hotel, along with the revolving Cloud 9 restaurant on its top floor, will permanently close on September 30, hotel officials confirmed to Business in Vancouver.
The looming closure has been expected for months given that the site’s owners intend to tear down the 42-storey, 357-room hotel and build two towers that are 31 and 32 storeys tall.
The current proposal is for those new towers to have a total of 237 market condominiums and 63 social-housing units. Retail and office space would fill the first three floors. The proposal goes to the city’s development permit board on June 12.
The hotel’s website identifies the owner as Asia Standard Hotel Group Ltd, which is listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Vancouver’s Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership is the architectural firm that is stick-handling the measure at city hall.
While the current Empire Landmark Hotel is 394 feet tall, the proposed new towers would each be around 300 feet tall.