Nearly three years after the closure of the iconic Igloo Restaurant in Vancouver’s Edgewood Park neighborhood, a plan has finally emerged to repurpose it as office space.
The two-story, 2,000-square-foot drive-in at 3128 E. Evergreen Blvd. has sat empty since 2018. But drivers passing the site in recent weeks have likely noticed fencing around the perimeter and Tyvek wrap on some of the building’s formerly stainless steel exterior walls.
The property was purchased in August for $700,000, according to county records, and is now owned by Paul Vynar Properties. Vynar is the owner of Vancouver-based Precision Air, which provides commercial and residential heating and air conditioning system installation and repair services in the Vancouver and Portland areas.
According to Debbie Brenner at the city of Vancouver’s planning department, Vynar has applied for a permit to convert the building into an office for Precision Air. The application was submitted in late December and is still going through the review process.
Vynar could not be immediately reached for comment.
The Igloo Restaurant was a longtime Vancouver mainstay known for its shakes and burgers, but the eatery struggled in its final years.