Vancouver Mayor Gregor Roberston has asked for a city report on protecting the Waldorf Hotel — an arts hot spot sold to a condo developer — from demolition.
Robertson said he wants to discuss the report at the next council meeting. He will also be introducing a motion asking staff to meet with the venue's current managers, Waldorf Productions, to talk about options for continuing an arts and culture venue.
"The Waldorf is both a significant cultural amenity and a major neighbourhood asset, one that resonates with people of all ages throughout Vancouver," said Robertson in a news release Friday. "To lose such a historic building would be a big blow, which is why we need to do what we can to protect it."
The Waldorf, which was built in 1947, and its original Tiki lounge has become a popular hangout and arts venue since renovations in 2010. Waldorf Productions, which ran the restored bar, restaurant, gallery and lounges, said the landlord had abruptly terminated its lease.
Solterra Group bought the hotel, which is slated to close Jan. 20. The news brought swift backlash in the city and on social media, where at least two online petitions have sprung up to keep the hotel open, or at least protected from the wrecking ball.
Solterra officials said this week it doesn't intend on demolishing the property.
Robertson asked for the staff report to include steps to prevent any demolition permit from being issued if the hotel's new owners apply for one.