The prominent “Red Lion” sign, which was damaged by a fire last month, will likely come down in about two weeks, but there’s no set date right now.
“This will likely occur in small pieces versus a large single crane operation due to the size, considerations with wind,” Newell said.
Some of the century-old wood and other material in the Red Lion Hotel is set for reuse.
“Many of the deconstructed materials are being recycled or reused, including the interior handrails, the 100-year-old timber beams and exterior windows, which will be used to make greenhouses,” said Therese Lang, spokesperson for the Port of Vancouver.
The demolition contract with Keystone Contracting was approved last fall for $1,302,000.
The Port of Vancouver plans to develop the property, part of Terminal 1, into a multibuilding development with a possible marketplace on the new dock. ZoomInfo is also planning to move its headquarters into a building in the Terminal 1 development near the new dock.
The Quay opened in 1960 as one of the most fashionable spots in Vancouver. The Thunderbird/Red Lion company purchased the property in 1973 and owned it until it closed in 2015. It was briefly occupied by WareHouse ‘ ’23 until pandemic restrictions forced it to shut down.
“For years the Quay, and later, the Red Lion, served as an important gathering place where many memories were made,” said Julianna Marler, CEO of the Port of Vancouver. “Every major life event happened here, including proms, engagements, weddings and other milestones. But we’re making a place for new memories to be made with an active and dynamic waterfront for all people to enjoy.”