Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson to be torn down, replaced with condos

VANCOUVER (The News Desk) — After a long fight with developers, City Hall announced yesterday that Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson will be demolished to make way for a condo development.

“Gregor is such a recognizable part of this city. We are all very sad to see him go and regret that we couldn’t do more to save him,” said City Hall human resources manager Deborah Swift as she watched construction crews approach the mayor from across the street.

According to documents from Henriquez Parters, the developer, Robertson will be rezoned as “mixed-use residential.” If the application is approved by council, the two-term mayor will be rebuilt as a 16-storey residential tower, with commercial space at street level.

“Gregor is an important part of this city’s heritage, and we plan on preserving as much of him as possible,” said the project’s head architect, Greg Chu.

“We will be retaining Gregor’s characteristic, sculpted street-level facade, and will re-purpose materials from the interior as well.”

Robertson told press that he is optimistic about the changes.

“I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not nearly as dense as I could be, and that’s holding back both our sustainability and affordability goals,” said the mayor, who at press time was being hosed down by construction crews in an attempt to control dust from the demolition. ♦

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