The Columbian reported last week that local developer, Dean Kirkland is proposing to replace the aged restaurants, Joe’s Crab Shack and Who, Song, and Larrys with a mixed use retail/residential complex of two buildings of at least nine floors each. Maybe a hotel as well.
In the article, Kirkland indicated he would be interested in retaining the two eateries for the new development. If approved these would be the two tallest buildings in Vancouver by floor count east of I-5. It is unlikely they would be taller in height than the 8 story Firstenburg Tower at Peace Health Hospital.
Although the waterfront and downtown have a flurry of activity including numerous mid-rise and high-rise buildings, this is the first such project proposed east of the Interstate Bridge.
Although neither restaurant is really outstanding they both offer reasonable fare, and excellent happy hour opportunities on the decks overlooking the river. Whether these two restaurants return to the development is not a major concern of mine, but another restaurant or two would be nice to keep the public interest in the waterfront area with both the trail and riverside dining. You hear that Mr. Kirkland?
More urban living opportunity is on the horizon.