SBD/August 1, 2012/Facilities

Canucks Will Move Team Offices From Rogers Arena To New Development

The city of Vancouver is looking to develop about 600,000 square feet of "job space" around Rogers Arena, the home of the Canucks, and BC Place, where the Lions play football and Whitecaps play soccer, according to Frances Bula of the GLOBE & MAIL. Landowners in that area "are trying to figure out who they’ll get as tenants." Aquilini Development President David Negrin, who runs the division for Canucks co-Owner & Chair Francesco Aquilini, said, "We have our work cut out for us to fill that space. It’s just a tough location because it’s on the edge of the (central business district).” Negrin’s company "is the first to tackle the challenge, with three unusual towers recently approved by council that will be built in the corners of their property around the arena." Negrin said, "What we’re going to do is move all the Canucks’ offices from the arena into the tower. That will get us kick-started." The group will also "move all its company offices from its current site, a heritage building in the traditional downtown, into the new project." Negrin hopes that businesses "with a sports slant or entertainment focus may gravitate to the area" (GLOBE & MAIL, 7/31).
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