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Office development to include OPUS Hotel

An artist’s rendering of a new OPUS Hotel as part of the three-tower International Trade Centre development on Bridgeport Road.  -
An artist’s rendering of a new OPUS Hotel as part of the three-tower International Trade Centre development on Bridgeport Road.
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A luxury boutique hotel in Yaletown is expanding into Richmond.

OPUS Hotel Corporation announced Saturday it will bring its brand to the future International Trade Centre at Versante development in North Richmond.

“The OPUS Hotel brand presents a vibrant and eclectic mix of people and place making the International Trade Centre development the ideal location for the next property,” said John Evans, president of OPUS, in a news release.

Richmond council approved the development, at 8451 Bridgeport Rd., following a Dec. 16, 2013 public hearing. The site is located in Bridgeport Village, near the Airport Connector Bridge and next to Duck Island, where a multi-phase development of retail, entertainment, office, hotel and conference uses is in the planning stages.

MoYeung International Enterprise Ltd. is planning to build three towers—nine, 12 and 14 storeys—and a five-storey podium as part of the project it dubs “Richmond’s next epicentre of business.” Two of the towers will be office space, while the 12-storey building will be the 110-room OPUS hotel. Also planned is 34,000 square feet of “luxury” retail space.

According to OPUS, the hotel is scheduled to open in the fall of 2017. The hotel firm claims its rooms will be some of the largest in Richmond. Its 10th floor will feature an open-air lounge and bar, while a Chinese fine-dining restaurant is planned for the ground floor.

Richmond City Hall approved a different project for the site 15 years ago, but it was never built.

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