An application has been submitted to alter the Hartney Chambers building, including "retention, rehabilitation and restoration."
The application, from Chard Development, would see the heritage building at 343 W Pender St. expanded with additional floors and an expanded footprint. It would turn the three-storey building into a seven-storey building with a new, taller expansion along Homer Street. An adjacent building at 426 Homer St. (which is home to 'erotic massage' business Platinum Club right now) would be demolished.
The Hartney Chambers building was finished in 1909 and has housed a number of businesses in the past. Currently, it has apartments along with businesses including Finch's Tea and Coffee House on the street level.
Designs in the application show the facade of the building would be kept. The proponents note it's intended to be retail and restaurant downstairs after redevelopment, with offices upstairs.
The Hartney Chambers building is designated a heritage 'B' building.
The city is currently accepting feedback before the Development Permit Board decides on the application.