Vancouver Literary Arts Centre: Call for tenant expressions of interest & open house

The Vancouver Literary Arts Centre is envisioned as a diverse and vibrant literary hub that will raise the profile of the city’s writing and publishing communities while providing them with affordable office space. The Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia is spearheading the initiative with several interested publishers as well as the Association of Magazine Publishers of BC, and has already completed 3 feasibility studies with the support of the City.

The ABPBC is now working with BC Artscape, who is actively working to establish its first project in Vancouver. Negotiations are being finalized on approximately 48,000 square feet of vacant space at the Sun Wah Centre at 268 Keefer Street. The building will be transformed into a dynamic, multi-tenant creative hub that meets the need of artists and cultural organizations and responds to the unique neighbourhood around in Chinatown.

BC Artscape is seeking partners to help inform the project vision, design, and operation of the space and potential tenancies. Based on the space needs identified in earlier feasibility studies, the VLAC could potentially occupy one floor of the building (floors range between 14,000–20,000 sq. ft).

The Vancouver Literary Arts Centre is now looking for expressions of interest for tenants that fit within the scope of writing and publishing.

Call for Tenants Expression of Interest

With the 268 Keefer Street property in mind, the ABPBC is administering expressions of interest in office space for the Literary Arts Centre floor of the building (floor TBD), with the understanding that other amenities (such as a reception play roulette online in canada area, kitchen, meeting rooms, warehouse space, and event space) and programming space could be shared among VLAC tenants or with other tenants in the building. The ABPBC is now seeking non-binding confirmation of tenant space needs from potential VLAC tenants.

Please email Heidi Waechtler, ABPBC executive director, at with the following information by Friday, December 23:

  • name of company
  • square footage needed for offices
  • square footage needed for storage
  • other desired amenities (e.g., event space, meeting space, warehouse space)
  • experience or relationships with the Chinatown or DTES community, if any

The deadline for responses to the call for tenants/partners is Friday, December 23, 2016.

If you are interested in tenancy apart from the VLAC floor of the building (e.g., as an individual artist or an arts organization) or in renting programming space in the building as a non-tenant, more information, including the call for tenants in English, Cantonese and Mandarin, can be found on the BC Artscape website.

Open Houses: Tour the Building

BC Artscape will be holding open houses at 268 Keefer Street on the following dates:

  • Friday, December 2, 9–11 a.m.
  • Tuesday, December 6, 12–2 p.m.(presentations will start at 12:15PM, 12:45PM and 1:15PM followed by tours)
  • Thursday, December 8, 5–7 p.m. (presentations will start at 5:15PM, 5:45PM and 6PM followed by tours)

The open houses are open to all interested tenants in the building, including potential VLAC tenants and will consist of a presentation on the project context, a question and answer period and a guided tour of the space. Please RSVP at if you plan to attend an Open House.

*A number of ABPBC publishers and staff will attending the December 6 open house.