From CKNW 980AM
It's an unusual use for a heritage building but Vancouver City Council has approved an initiative to turn a 100-year old hotel into low income housing.
The Pennsylvania Hotel on Carrall and Hastings St. has been vacant since 2000, but Mark Townsend with the Portland Housing Society says with the city's help, 44 units of social housing can be open in the fall, "To us it was illogical if you had a derelict hotel, not to renovate it. So, that's the struggle that we face. We've been very well supported by the city council."
The city will contribute over 5 million dollars in tax breaks and grants to fund the project.