600,000 square feet is to be dedicated to office space packed in around Rogers Arena and BC Place – “We have our work cut out for us to fill that space.”

“The city’s planning department, concerned about the loss of key office sites on Vancouver’s small downtown peninsula to the condo boom of the 1990s and 2000s, decided several years ago that the last bit of undeveloped former industrial land that was the site of Expo 86 – Northeast False Creek – should include 1.8 million square feet of commercial space.
Of that, 600,000 is to be dedicated to office or, as the planners call it, “job space,” packed in around Rogers Arena, the home of the Vancouver Canucks hockey team, and BC Place, the government-owned stadium where the B.C. Lions play football and Whitecaps play soccer.
That 600,000 square feet is the equivalent of a whole Park Place tower in Vancouver’s business district or the new PricewaterhouseCoopers tower on York Street in Toronto.
Now, landowners in that area are trying to figure out who they’ll get as tenants.
“We have our work cut out for us to fill that space,” says David Negrin, president of Aquilini Development, one division of the Aquilini family empire that includes the Canucks, Rogers Arena and a host of other businesses and development projects. “It’s just a tough location because it’s on the edge of the [central business district].”

– from ‘Canucks owners gamble on new office district in Vancouver’, Globe and Mail, 30 Jul 2012

9 responses to “600,000 square feet is to be dedicated to office space packed in around Rogers Arena and BC Place – “We have our work cut out for us to fill that space.”

  1. Try putting up “For Lease” signs. That’s what everybody else does.

  2. That’s where they’ll put the welfare office. People of BC are addicted to free money. It doesn’t matter where it comes from.

  3. I found this page on BC’s gov website if anyone hasn’t seen it. It has every building project being proposed, under construction or recently completed. http://www.jti.gov.bc.ca/ministry/major_projects_inventory/index.htm

  4. I don’t understand, isn’t that spot right beside Tinseltown, which is currently mostly empty? Good luck!

  5. Vancouver In The Rearview

    Good luck. There is no economy to speak of left in this town. When all the good jobs are in the public sector, we’ve got a serious problem.

  6. Some how I think they are going to convert that into the new site for The Edgewater Casino.

  7. “It’s just a tough location because it’s on the edge of the [central business district].”

    No.

    It’s a tough location because it’s in Vancouver and no one does anything real for a living in Vancouver any more. If it’s not speculation it’s low level service jobs, being a student, a public servant or a black/grey market operation. Any of the other industries that Vancouverites like to say the city has are largely based out of the surrounding suburbs. Face it, the city has become a resort town but no one has really woken up to the fact yet.

  8. “We have our work cut out for us to fill that space.”

    Indubitably… especially when one allows that, in BC, WorkerBees are self-evidently a vanishing species…

    [CBC] – Hives containing 500,000 bees stolen in B.C.

    “A B.C. beekeeper is out $100,000 after half a million bees and an estimated 3,600 kilograms of honey were apparently stolen sometime earlier this month.”

    http://tinyurl.com/bu5hzs4

    [NoteToEd: It was TheBears Wot Done it? Or perhaps it’s just because our “Spirit” is broken….]

    [CBC] – BC Ferries cancels some Tsawassen-Swartz Bay sailings

    http://tinyurl.com/dx8eaco

  9. “The market could be better.” – Scott Summers, VP Foreign Investment and Marketing, Gale International

    [ReadWriteWeb] – Sim City: Inside South Korea’s $35 Billion Plan to Build a City from Scratch

    http://tinyurl.com/cpa875e

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