Cecil hotel news

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Postby newsposter » Wed Oct 17, 2012 8:32 am

There isn't any news of the Cecil hotel, which is now owned by the City. Regardless, CTV Calgary did the story linked below :wink: In spite of the line in the story about the City's earlier discussions: "...There was also talk about preserving the old hotel as a heritage site but that idea was dismissed after it was determined that anything of historical significance was destroyed in a 1982 fire..." it is infact listed on the City's heritage inventory as a City-wide Historic Resource and nothing has been finally decided. And the exterior certainly has enough integrity to be restored to its original rugged handsomeness, IMHO.

October 16, 2012
Read more: http://calgary.ctvnews.ca/future-of-cru ... z29ZMLs900
http://calgary.ctvnews.ca/future-of-cru ... n-1.998625

Information on the Cecil in the City's heritage inventory:
http://www.calgary.ca/PDA/LUPP/Pages/He ... ourceId=46

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Postby LauraGrace » Mon Oct 22, 2012 7:50 am

City still has no plans for old Cecil Hotel (with video): Site acquired in 2009 but now used for storage

By Sherri Zickefoose, Calgary Herald
October 21, 2012

CALGARY — Years after a crime-ridden downtown tavern was shuttered, the city-owned Cecil Hotel continues to languish with no immediate plans for demolition or redevelopment.

When the city purchased the site for $10.9 million in 2009, there was talk of tearing down the worn-down building in favour of parking or condos as part of East Village revitalization.

With peeling paint and boarded up windows, the dingy site is now being used as a convenient construction hub for the city’s 7th Avenue LRT project.

But area residents and businesses say the homely hotel needs to go.

“It’s a bad first impression of the city — something needs to be done,” said Lance Hurtubise, who runs Bookers BBQ Grill & Crab Shack across the way on 4th Avenue and 3rd Street S.E.

“It’s brutal. It looks like an eyesore. It’s really the gateway to downtown for people coming straight from the airport.”

The city yanked the notorious tavern’s business licence in 2008 after officials became fed up with high crime rates, including a fatal stabbing and open drug transactions inside the bar. Police officials said they responded to 1,700 there calls a year.

For now, city officials say there are no solid plans for the hotel site’s future.

“It’s being used as a storage grounds for construction materials and equipment relating to the 7th Avenue work being done on the train line,” said Sean Somers from the city’s transportation department, which has stewardship of the hotel’s property.

As that wraps up over the course of the next few months, Somers said they “don’t really know” what the future holds for the site.

“The long story short is that we don’t really know what that’s going to look like going ahead,” said Somers.

“At this point the future is undetermined.”

For condominium residents inside Pointe of View, which overlooks the boarded up hotel, the vacant spot doesn’t exactly add curb appeal.

“They can tear down a hospital, I’m sure they can tear down a shack,” said Nabila Al-Yafi, adding she’s holding out hope the city will demolish the vacant hotel after LRT construction is finished.

The Cecil Hotel was built in 1912 to cater to labourers.

The hotel’s heritage value is considered minimal due to a fire in 1982 that destroyed its historical significance.

With future East Village plans now in the works, the area’s alderman says redevelopment will happen but it’s a waiting game.

“We’re still determining what to do with it,” said Ward 7 Ald. Druh Farrell.

“I think people are relieved it’s not occupied anymore. It’s all part of the East Village plan and that’s a long-term strategy. Now that we’ve secured the site there will be a good time. It’s not now. The time will be right when we look at redevelopment. It’s one step at a time with the East Village.”

There has been some interest in the nearby Calgary police union lot, she said.

The waiting game will pay off, said Calgary Downtown Association president Maggie Schofield.

“We’d sure like to see something happen with it, some sort of revitalization,” Schofield said. “We hope when the East Village develops that will be one of the pieces that develops with it.”

For now, with construction activity behind the hotel, the area is in good hands, she added.

“If it was just a building standing completely alone and there was nothing going on around it, I’d be quite concerned. But there is a lot of foot traffic. It hasn’t been a concern,” she said.

“It’s not that bad in the grand scheme of things.”


Read more: http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/City+ ... z2A2W6RYC1
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Postby newsposter » Fri Oct 26, 2012 8:31 am

More of the negativity campaign regarding the Cecil hotel...

Editorial: Cecil Hotel should go
Calgary Herald October 22, 2012
Read more: http://www.calgaryherald.com/Editorial+ ... z2AQ40aPhT

Calgary’s ‘epicentre’ of evil, death and darkness :roll: may soon become a frightening piece of the past
National Post
Jen Gerson | Oct 26, 2012 2:25 AM ET |
http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/10/26 ... -darkness/

The Herald's new editorial position (demolish) is contrary to the position they took back in 2008, of restoration and reuse:
http://www.calgaryheritage.org/CHIForum/vi ... =1482#1482
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Re: Cecil hotel news

Postby newsposter » Fri Aug 23, 2013 12:07 pm

Been a long time since there was an update on the Cecil Hotel! As if it needed more trouble, the Cecil Hotel was impacted by the June floods. It was not "pumped out", but the water drained out naturally.

Found this article from the East Village Free Press blog from late last year, Nov. 26 2012. http://www.evfreepress.com/2012/11/ceci ... olish.html

Here is a more recent report (August 1, 2013) from the Calgary Gay History project, that the Cecil was gathering place of the lesbian community in the 1960s, when gay life was still pretty underground here. http://calgaryqueerhistory.ca/2013/08/0 ... cil-hotel/

Here is the transcript of a twitter exchange on August 8, 2013 including Mayor Nenshi:

Citizen asks: @nenshi As the city owns the Cecil Hotel, does the City have present plans to demolish it? #yyc
Mayor responds: not yet. but that is eventually likely

Stay tuned...
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Re: Cecil hotel news

Postby Fragile » Tue Jun 24, 2014 8:26 am

There is some news today on the future of the Cecil Hotel. Although neglected since before the 2013 flood and still under demolition threat, there are plans afoot to transfer this heritage asset to the developers of the East Village, CMLC. Check out the featured story in today's Herald:

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Re: Cecil hotel news

Postby Admin » Wed Jun 25, 2014 1:34 pm

Some examples of how a restored Cecil might look along with new development:

With parkade (click here for full sized http://i.imgur.com/ZOzvFza.jpg )

With condo (click here for full sized http://i.imgur.com/8kahl70.jpg )
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Re: Cecil hotel news

Postby Fragile » Thu Jun 26, 2014 2:39 pm

Today's interview with CHI President, Cynthia Klaassen on Global morning news:

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Re: Cecil hotel news

Postby Admin » Mon Oct 06, 2014 5:59 am

http://globalnews.ca/news/1588742/cecil ... e-history/

Cecil Hotel could be history

By Doug Vaessen and Jenna Freeman Global News

The days of a downtown landmark could be numbered as the city is in the process of selling the land where the Cecil Hotel sits.

The Cecil is perched on the edge of downtown and the hotel’s windows have been boarded up since 2009 when the city purchased the land.

The building has been around for more than one hundred years, but for many the nostalgia associated with the hotel is hardly reminiscent of similar buildings that that have been preserved like the nearby King Eddy.

“In my lifetime nothing good has really taken place in the Cecil,” said Michael Brown, CEO of Calgary Municipal Land Corporation.

Read more: http://globalnews.ca/news/1588742/cecil ... e-history/
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