After spending several months hidden behind drop cloths and scaffolding, the former Evergreen International Plaza building in downtown Vancouver has re-emerged with an overhauled look and new name: The Quinn.
The modernized update comes courtesy of Vancouver-based Cascadia Development Partners, which began work on the $6.5 million renovation project in July 2019.
The three-story building at the corner of Main Street and Evergreen Boulevard dates back to the 1950s and served as the second downtown home for J.C. Penney until 1981. It was converted for office use and hosted a number of other businesses, but it was vacant for several years leading up to the renovation project.
Cascadia Development Partners opted to reconfigure the building for ground-floor retail use with offices on the levels above. That meant ditching the original recessed entrance area on Main Street in favor of direct entrances to each retail suite and a new lobby on the south side of the building to reach the upstairs offices.
“Our thing was to kind of take it back to the original bones of the building and really open it up,” said Scott Lindgren, director of real estate at Cascadia Development Partners.